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Quttinirpaaq National Park of Canada

Quttinirpaaq, Canada

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Quttinirpaaq National Park is a Canadian national park. Located on the northeastern corner of Ellesmere Island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, the most northerly extent of Canada, it is the second most northerly park on Earth after Northeast Greenland National Park. In Inuktitut, Quttinirpaaq means "top of the world". It was established as Ellesmere Island National Park Reserve in 1988, and the name was changed to Quttinirpaaq in 1999, when Nunavut was created, and became a national park in 2000. The reserve covers 37,775 km2 (14,585 sq mi), making it the second largest park in Canada, after Wood Buffalo National Park.

Some wildlife, notably lemming, arctic hare, muskox and arctic wolf live in the park, but sparse vegetation and low temperatures support only small populations. There is a very small Peary caribou population as well. During summer months, birds nest in the park including semipalmated plovers, red knots, gyrfalcon and long-tailed jaeger. Common plants include dwarf willow and arctic cotton, in addition to grasses and lichens. Plant and animal life is more concentrated in the Lake Hazen region, which has a milder climate than the surrounding ice cap covered mountains and valleys.

Due to its high latitude and limited wildlife, there has never been any significant human presence within this part of Ellesmere Island. The pass from Tanquary Fiord through to Lake Hazen shows evidence of being used by arctic people since about 5000 years ago. Tent rings and food caches show that the area was visited by pre-Dorset, Dorset and Thule people, the ancestors of modern Inuit.

The east and north end of the island was used as a starting point for various polar explorations. Fort Conger was an early Arctic exploration research base, and is now maintained as a Federal Heritage Building.Cite error: A tag is missing the closing (see the help page). Beyond these warden stations, there are no facilities within the park itself. Two backpacking routes are the route between Lake Hazen and Tanquary Fiord, and a loop around the Ad Astra and Viking ice caps, both approximately 100 km.

In 2004, the park was one of nine sites added to Canada's tentative list of potential World Heritage Sites.

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    Protected Area updated by Canadian Council on Ecological Areas, facilitated by UNEP-WCMC

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quttinirpaaq_National_Park

    Quttinirpaaq National Park is a Canadian national park. Located on the northeastern corner of Ellesmere Island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, the most northerly extent of Canada, it is the second most northerly park on Earth after Northeast Greenland National Park. In Inuktitut, Quttinirpaaq means "top of the world". It was established as Ellesmere Island National Park Reserve in 1988, a...

  • 54b60831cce64518724facfcc0b2dc8c

    Protected Area updated by Canadian Council on Ecological Areas, facilitated by UNEP-WCMC

    over 2 years ago

    Modified see details >

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  • WDPA ID13396
  • NameQuttinirpaaq
  • Original NameQuttinirpaaq
  • Country / TerritoryCAN
  • Sub locationCA-NU
  • IUCN CategoryIIWhat is this?
  • English DesignationNational Park of Canada
  • Designation TypeNational
  • StatusDesignated
  • Status Year1988
  • Reported Area km237775.0
  • Marinetrue
  • Reported Marine Area km22342.0
  • No TakeNot Reported
  • No Take Area km20.0
  • Governance TypeFederal or national ministry or agency
  • International CriteriaNot Applicable
  • Management AuthorityGovernment of Canada, Parks Canada Agency
  • Management Plan URLNot Reported

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