Qut­tinir­paaq Na­tional Park

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Tucked way up in the north­east cor­ner of Ellesmere Is­land, only 800 kilo­me­tres from the North Pole, Qut­tinir­paaq (“top of the world” in Inuk­ti­tut) is Canada’s sec­ond-largest park at 37,775 square kilo­me­tres. It’s ex­actly what you’d ex­pect — sprawl­ing ice caps and glaciers, plus rivers that surge when rare warmth blan­kets the tun­dra. It’s also a po­lar desert, so only the hearti­est crea­tures, in­clud­ing Arc­tic hares, wolves and muskoxen, can brave its harsh con­di­tions.

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