PARK PICK

2017 Travel Guide to Canada - - Northwest Territories -

AULAVIK NA­TIONAL PARK

Aulavik means “place where peo­ple travel” in the lo­cal Inu­vialuk­tun lan­guage. This re­mote, fly-in only Arc­tic park is lo­cated on Banks Is­land near the com­mu­nity of Sachs Har­bour. Aulavik is home to the en­dan­gered Peary caribou and the world’s high­est con­cen­tra­tion of muskox. The land­scape in­cludes rolling hills, buttes, bad­lands, river val­leys and sea­coasts. The Thom­sen River, one of the con­ti­nent’s most northerly nav­i­ga­ble river, runs through the heart of the park. The land has sup­ported pre-Dorset cul­tures and the Inu­vialuit peo­ple for more than 3,400 years (www. parkscanada.gc.ca/aulavik).

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