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.
|Primary Contact||Marsha Branigan||Marsha_Branigan@gov.nt.ca||(867) 678-6670|
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North End of Banks Island
Aboriginal Government/ Homeland
Inuvialuit Settlement Region www.irc.inuvialuit.com
Seasonally-Operated Field Camp
Continuous Permafrost, Polar Desert, Sea Ice, Tundra
Main Research Disciplines
Archaeology, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Climatology, Environmental Sciences, Oceanography, Paleoecology, Terrestrial Biology/Ecology
Built for Polar Bear Research, it’s also been used as a base for Caribou, Muskox and Bird monitoring.
Limited space in cabin
2 bunk beds, sleeps 4 people
Table, bench, counter
Fuel must be cached check for permitting 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
Nearest Medical Service
Nursing station at Sachs (300 km) and Hospital at Inuvik (750 km)
Extremely remote field location. Must be self-sufficient with appropriate survival and communication equipment.
None but check ahead with ENR