Quttinirpaaq National Park

Quttinirpaaq National Park



Location: Nunavut Map

Area: 37,775 km2 (14,585 sq mi)

Official site


Description of Quttinirpaaq National Park

Quttinirpaaq National Park covers 37,775 km2 (14,585 sq mi) in the Northeast part of the Ellesmere Island. Quttinirpaaq National Park takes its name from a native term that means "top of the world". The easiest way to get to Quttinirpaaq National Park is to charter a plane from Resolute. But it might be kind of expansive. The plane will take up to six people with gear and will cost over $23,000 in total. But if you will get here you will see beautiful glaciers and numerous animals that are not scared of human presence. Although you might to keep your distance from animals. No body really knows what of kind of disease they might transfer if one would bite you.


First Quttinirpaaq National Park was established as Ellesmere Island National Park Reserve in 1988, but the name was changed to Quttinirpaaq in 1999, when the territory of Nunavut was created, and became a national park in 2000. Area here is dominated by rock and ice. It is a polar desert with very little annual precipitation and there are numerous glaciers. It is, by surface, the second largest park in Canada after the Wood Buffalo National Park. Plant and animal life is concentrated in the region of Lake Hazen, which due to its location has protected a milder climate than the surrounding plateaus. The park includes the Barbeau peak, which is 2,616 m and is the highest mountain in Nunavut.


Two backpacking routes are the route between Lake Hazen and Tanquary Fiord, and a loop around the Ad Astra and Viking ice caps, both approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi).


Fees and permits

Northern Park Backcountry Excursion/Camping Permit valid at Quttinirpaaq, Auyuittuq, Ivvavik, Nahanni, Aulavik, Sirmilik, Tuktut Nogait and Vuntut National Parks (per person, 2018):
Daily $24.50
Annual $147.20

Fishing permit:
Daily $9.80
Annual $34.30