Amid an expansive landscape of glaciers, valleys, and red-rock hoodoo spires, nesting seabirds crowd sheer sea cliffs rising from iceberg-dotted waters. Paddle among seals and floating ice, listening for the breaths of narwhal and beluga whales. Ski across glaciers. Hike where snowy owls hunt. Travel to the floe edge on the lookout for polar bears, ringed seals, and walruses. Stop in at Inuit, Thule, and European cultural sites. Parks Canada
Sirmilik National Park is a protected area located in Qikiqtaaluk, Nunavut, Canada, established in 2001. Situated within the Arctic Cordillera, the park is comprised of three areas: most of Bylot Island, with the exception for a few areas that are Inuit-owned lands, Oliver Sound, and Baffin Island’s Borden Peninsula. Much of the park is bordered by water. In Inuktitut (the Inuit language, traditionally spoken across the North American Arctic), Sirmilik means “place of glaciers,” and represents Bylot Island’s abundance of glaciers and ice caps.
Team Changing Earth will be pulking (pulling sleds while on ski and snowshoe) from the small Inuit community of Arctic Bay
across the Borden Peninsula through Sirmilik, and then skirting the southern coast of Bylot Island as we make our way across sea ice toward another small Inuit community, Pond Inlet