This tour offers a rare opportunity for a backpacking adventure into Bylot Island's Sirmilik National Park, one of Canada's newest national parks. Sirmilik National Park offers some of the best hiking in the Arctic. Ice-capped towering mountains, lush tundra valleys, glaciers and unique eroded formations known as "Hoodoos", showcase the incredible variety the island has to offer. Containing fifty different species of birds (of which thirty are known to breed) this island sanctuary is also has more than three hundred species of plants. Most hiking will be over grassy and mossy tundra; some rocky moraine fields and the route chosen will involve several stream and small river crossings.
The expedition is within Sirmilik National Park (the place of glaciers). Established in 2001, the park encompasses over 22,000 sq. km. The park has 3 distinct regions - Oliver Sound, a long narrow fjord bounded by high cliffs and glaciers, an area of river valleys and plateau on Baffin island's Bordon Peninsula and most of Bylot Island, a complex area of mountains, ice fields and glaciers, with a coastal lowland.
The route of the expedition is on Bylot Island 30 km to the north of Pond Inlet. With mountains rising 2,000 meters out of the surrounding waters, the area marks the northern terminus of a Precambrian mountain range that forms the backbone of Baffin Island. Bylot has fascinating eroded rock formations called Hoodoos. Bylot has been a migratory bird sanctuary since 1965 with thousands of birds nesting on the cliffs. The park supports caribou, arctic fox, arctic hare and wolves. When the sea ice melts polar bears retreat to Bylot Island for the short summer. The surrounding seas are a summering area for narwhals and beluga whales. Seals and walrus may be observed. Icebergs may still be seen in the channels in August.