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A Gorgeous View From Our Campsite In Pangnirtung

10 Photos to Inspire a Visit to Pangnirtung, Nunavut

These 10 photos of Pangnirtung come from a hiking trip to Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island in Nunavut. John and I spend two weeks backpacking across the Arctic Circle in the park, starting and ending the trip with a night in Pangnirtung. It's a remote community accessible via air from Iqaluit. Pangnirtung was far more beautiful than expected but I cannot imagine surviving the climate. On the day we arrived - June 30th -…

There's A Trail Through The Moraine Heading To Mount Asgard

Baffin Island Backpacking in Auyuittuq National Park

Our second week of Baffin Island backpacking in Auyuittuq National Park involved retracing our steps from Summit Lake back to the fjord, an hour away by boat from Pangnirtung. Although we could have done the return trip in about four days, we took a week - with a rest day in the Rock Garden and a slower pace compared to our hike in. In hindsight I would have chosen to do a Baffin Island backpacking…

Great View Of Mt. Thor From A Distance

Across the Arctic Circle on Foot on Baffin Island

Last week's introduction to Baffin Island wasn't a warm one - as far as the temperature was concerned. And it didn't really get much better for several days. Fortunately though the scenery did.  Our plan was to hike along the Weasel River to the high point at Akshayuk Pass by Summit Lake, crossing the Arctic Circle on Baffin Island in the process. Although distances were short, the hiking was slow because of the 50 -…

View Of The Harbour From The Parks Canada Office

A Backpacking Trip in Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut

A blast of cold air hits me as I saunter off the plane in Pangnirtung - a remote, mostly Inuit community on Baffin Island in Nunavut. Instantly I am wondering just what the hell I've got myself into. It's June 30th and I know it's the Arctic but somehow I didn't expect cold like this. I have already endured a flight to Ottawa, another to Iqaluit and then finally one to Pangnirtung - the starting…

Our Tent Looked Out At This View In The Rock Gardens Area

Packing List for a Remote Two Week Backpacking Trip

I visited Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island's Cumberland Peninsula at the end of June one year. Auyuittuq is an Inuktitut word meaning land that never melts.  Normally I don't do adventure tours anymore figuring I have enough experience to do it on my own. But when a trip is remote and logistics are tough I am happy to leave the planning - especially meal planning to an outfit. But still packing was an issue.…

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