Hiking Expedition Sirmilik National Park North Baffin
Incredible Scenery and Variety of Terrain
Bylot Island positioned at the northern tip of Baffin Island offers some of the best hiking in the Canadian Arctic and draws trekkers from all over the world. This is a landscape of towering ice-capped mountains, lush tundra valleys, glaciers and unique eroded formations known as "Hoodoos". Our trek showcases the best of Baffin’s incredible scenery and variety of terrain. Departing from Pond Inlet by chartered motor boat we cross Eclipse Sound to Bylot Island, landing on a deserted sandy beach to begin a week of hiking and exploring. Known to contain fifty different species of birds (of which thirty are known to breed) this island sanctuary is also known to contain more than three hundred species of plant life. Most of the hiking will be over grassy and mossy tundra; some rocky moraine fields and the route chosen will involve several stream and small river crossings. Group size will be kept small to ensure the least impact on the fragile environment. We will take advantage of the constant daylight that still exists in August. Bylot is one of the Arctic's most beautiful islands and this trekking expedition highlights much of the natural beauty.
Day 1: Morning flight from Ottawa to Pond Inlet, via Iqaluit. You are met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. This evening there is a welcome dinner, group talk and gear check plus time to explore the community on foot.
Day 2: After breakfast a final gear check and lunchtime departure from Pond Inlet by chartered motor boat to Bylot Island (Sirmilik National Park) Camping.
Day 3 - 8: Hiking and exploring Bylot Island. Camping.
Day 9: Group picked up by charter boat for return trip to Pond Inlet. Group dinner and hotel accommodation in Pond Inlet.
Day 10: Breakfast at hotel. Departure from Pond Inlet to Ottawa, via Iqaluit.