Ivvavik National Park

Overview

Introduction

We think only the hardiest, most adventurous travelers should visit this national park. Located in the northwestern corner of the Yukon Territory, 590 mi/950 km north of Whitehorse, Ivvavik National Park was established to preserve the flora and fauna of the North Slope (the area that runs from the coastal mountains to the Beaufort Sea). Facilities are minimal. You'll have to fly in on one of the regional airlines—no roads lead to the park.

If you do go, look for grizzly bears, caribou, Arctic foxes, waterfowl and Dall sheep. Windswept Herschel Island, formerly a Russian whaling station and North West Mounted Police post, is just off the coast. It's thought that at least 9,000 years before the Europeans arrived, the Inuvialuit—the first peoples of the Americas—used it as a hunting camp.

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