Ukkusiksalik National Park


Location: Nunavut
Region: Outside Ontario
Character: Natural Environment Area
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Length/Size: 20,500 km 2

Ukkusiksalik National Park
By Parks Canada

Ukkusiksalik National Park is located just west of the community of Repulse Bay and the Arctic Circle. The park surrounds Wager Bay, a 100 km long saltwater inlet on the northwest coast of Hudson Bay in Nunavut. Declared a national park on August 23, 2003, Ukkusiksalik became Canadaís 41st national park. Named after the soapstone found within its boundaries, the park includes 20 500 km2 of eskers, mudflats, cliffs, rolling tundra banks and unique coastal regions. While Inuit do hunt in the region, the parkland is uninhabited. Inuit had lived in the area from 1000 AD through to the 1960s, and the Hudsonís Bay Company had a trading post there from 1925-1947. Over 500 archaeological sites have been identified in the park, including such features as fox traps, tent rings, and food caches. The park protects a representative sample of the Central Tundra Natural Region.

Hiking & Camping

Experienced guides and outfitters can lead you on day hikes along the rolling hills surrounding Wager Bay. Exciting viewing opportunities of the abundant wildlife and countless cultural sites are scattered throughout the park.
Daylight in the summer months will never limit your hiking options, but tide schedules may since the swift currents and long tidal flats influence boat access.

An experienced outfitter may be able to set up an appropriate campsite with a solar powered electric fence and a sentry. Otherwise, we only recommend the use of hard sided accommodations. Contact the park office in Repulse Bay for more options.

Boating

Getting to the park by boat with an experienced outfitter is a great Arctic adventure and a wonderful way to experience Wager Bay. It is the safest way to view polar bears and the surest way to see the abundant marine life including seals, beluga whales and occasional narwhal. Kayaking is discouraged because of the extreme polar bear risk.

Traditional Inuit Use
Ukkusiksalik is the traditional homeland of the modern Inuit who live in the area. Many of those who were born before the establishment of the local communities were raised along the shores of Wager Bay. Residents maintain living ties to the land, and it is not unusual to see Inuit families camping in the park practicing their traditional harvesting activities.