Vuntut National Park is located in the northwestern corner of the Yukon Territory and is the perfect park for those looking to explore the great outdoors. Much of the park is underdeveloped, with no roads or developed trails. Visitors will also have access to Ivvavik National Park to the north and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the west.
The national park was established in 1995. Land claims and disagreements led to extensive negotiations between the Vuntut Gwitchin of Old Crow and the Government of Canada and the Yukon - the main factor in the park's underdevelopment.
When to Visit
Vuntut is known for variable weather. Strong winds can pick up suddenly and temperatures can rise or fall as much as 59° F in a few hours. It is important to be prepared for all weather conditions as snow can fall at any time of the year. Visitors are encouraged to carry extra food, fuel, and clothing.
Vuntut National Park is located north of Old Crow - the closest community to the park. The nearest road, the Dempster highway, is about 109 miles away which means air travel is your best bet to visit the park. There is one air carrier that offers scheduled service to Old Crow from Whitehorse and Dawson City: Air North. Contact Air North directly by calling 1-800-661-0407.
Fees charged in the park are associated with backcountry camping. Fees are as follows: Northern Park Backcountry Excursion/Backcountry: $24.50 per person, daily; $147.20 annual
All overnight visitors must register at the beginning of their trip and de-register at the end.
This can be done in person at the John Tizya Centre in Old Crow or by phone with a Parks Canada First Nation Liason Officer or a Resource Management and Public Safety Specialist.
Things To Do
Hiking, canoeing, wildlife viewing, cross-country skiing are all available within the park. One of the most activities is viewing the Porcupine Caribou herd which ranges across northern Yukon, northeastern Alaska, and parts of the Northwest Territories.
The herd holds special meaning to the Gwitchin and Inuvialuit people who have lived the region tor thousands of years. The caribou have been a constant source of food, clothing, tools and shelter.
Other wildlife found within the park include muskrats, grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, wolverines, foxes, ground squirrels, moose, muskox, songbirds and raptors.
Note: There are no facilities or services of any kind within the park. Visitors should pay extra caution when planning a trip and bring everything needed to be self-sufficient and able to handle an emergency on their own.
There are no facilities or accommodations in the park. Old Crow is the closest community for those looking for a roof over their heads. Otherwise, backcountry camping is your best bet, and perhaps the most fun!