Tuktut Nogait National Park

Location: Northwest Territories
Region: Outside Ontario
Character: Natural Environment Area

Tuktut Nogait National Park
By Parks Canada

With rolling tundra, wild rivers, precipitous canyons, and a variety of unique wildlife and vegetation, Tuktut Nogait (‘young caribou’) is one of Canada’s undiscovered gems. This remote park is located 170 kilometres north of the arctic circle and is home to the Bluenose West caribou herd, wolves, grizzly bears, muskoxen, arctic char, and a high density of raptors. The wildlife and land have supported aboriginal peoples for thousands of years, from the Copper and Thule cultures to contemporary Inuvialuit.

Tuktut Nogait offers unprecedented opportunities for backcountry enthusiasts to experience the arctic. The expansive, open landscape is ideal for hiking and wildlife viewing. Other recreational possibilities include paddling trips for both novice and expert paddlers, camping along sheer canyons, and fishing for arctic char and lake trout.

From early June until late July, the sun does not set this far north. These two months of continuous daylight offer visitors a unique chance to hike or paddle at any time of the night. The midnight sun is also accompanied by hours of soft light and long shadows a photographers dream.

Keep in mind that this is true wilderness. There are no visitor facilities, established hiking trails or campgrounds in the park. Visitors are required to be completely self-sufficient.