Aulavik National Park (Polar Bear Cabin, Banks Island)

Cabin with fuel oil heater. Sleeping space for 4 persons. Lake water available. Some emergency food supplies are also available. Good camping area. Good landing area for a Twin Otter aircraft. Basic cooking equipment, tables, benches and a few basic tools available.

PolarBearCabin1

Name Email Phone Number
Primary Contact Marsha Branigan Marsha_Branigan@gov.nt.ca (867) 678-6670
Secondary Contact Tracy Davison Tracy_Davison@gov.nt.ca (867) 678-6672

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Owner
Government of the Northwest Territories, Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Membership
Regular Member

Website
www.enr.gov.nt.ca

Latitude
74.133333

Longitude
-119.983333

Location
North End of Banks Island

Nearest Community
Sachs Harbour

Territory/ Province
Northwest Territories

Aboriginal Government/ Homeland
Inuvialuit Settlement Region www.irc.inuvialuit.com

Facility Type
Seasonally-Operated Field Camp

Research Hinterland
Continuous Permafrost, Polar Desert, Sea Ice, Tundra

Main Research Disciplines
Archaeology, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Climatology, Environmental Sciences, Oceanography, Paleoecology, Terrestrial Biology/Ecology

Research History
Built for Polar Bear Research, it’s also been used as a base for Caribou, Muskox and Bird monitoring.

Current Projects
N/A

Power
N/A

Communications
N/A

Local Transportation
N/A

Equipment Storage
Limited space in cabin

Dormitory/Sleeping Facilities
2 bunk beds, sleeps 4 people

Dining/Kitchen Facilities
Table, bench, counter

Laboratory Facilities
N/A

Fuel Availability
Fuel must be cached check for permitting requirements

Research Requirements
Research requires permit. This cabin is in Aulavik National Park, so any use requires a Permits from Parks Canada. Check Aurora Research Institute for the permit information: nwtresearch.com/licensing-research

Special Rules and Regulations
Permission required from ENR in Inuvik to use Cabin.

Local External Resources
N/A

Nearest Medical Service
Nursing station at Sachs (300 km) and Hospital at Inuvik (750 km)

Safety Considerations
Extremely remote field location. Must be self-sufficient with appropriate survival and communication equipment.

Cost
None but check ahead with ENR

Other Information
N/A

Last Updated
2015-05-30

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Kitchen

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Ariel view