Ukkusiksalik Park

Ukkusiksalik National Park (proposed) is about to become Canada’s newest national park. It is located just below the Arctic Circle. The area was formerly referred to as Wager Bay. Ukkusiksalik National Park (proposed) is a 22,000 square kilometer natural tundra area just south of the community of Repulse Bay in Nunavut. Ukkusiksalik National Park (proposed) is made up of a salt water bay, fresh water lakes and valleys and features:

  • a 24 foot waterfall which freezes in winter
  • eight metre tides
  • a reversing waterfall
  • over 500 archaeological sites including fox traps, tent rings and food caches

The park area is home to both marine and land mammals including:

  • bearded seals
  • ringed seals
  • beluga whales
  • polar bears
  • caribou
  • wolves
  • arctic foxes
  • red foxes
  • long tailed weasels
  • voles

Ukkusiksalik National Park (proposed) also has two areas of salt water that remain open year round, contributing to a rich marine mammal life.

Over 125 different species of birds have been spotted in the Ukkusiksalik Park area including:

  • sandhill crane
  • guillimots
  • Bairds sandpiper
  • gyrfalcon
  • peregrine falcon
  • red throated loon