Qikiqtaruk has always been a gathering place. Inuvialuit have used the site for thousands of years. In the late 1800s, American whalers established a station at Pauline Cove. The Anglican Church, Hudson’s Bay Co., fur traders, reindeer herders, the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and the RCMP were all present in the past 100+ years. Today, Inuvialuit families continue to use the area for traditional activities while researchers from around the world study the unique and rapidly changing arctic environment. Park rangers manage the park, welcome visitors and share stories of the past. From mid-June to mid-September, you can charter aircraft out of Inuvik, NT (250 km southeast). The island is often shrouded in fog, particularly in late summer, and flights can be delayed for hours or even days. Be prepared with sufficient gear and food. For self-supported trips, leave a trip plan with a friend or the RCMP. A Park Permit is required to land an aircraft or commercial boat on the island.

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