Polar Bear Pass Research Facility
Permanent, insulated, oil-heated building capable of housing 4-5 persons comfortably. Basic supply of standard equipment required for day-to-day living including kitchen gear, tools, etc. In the summer, drinking water must be hauled from a stream approximately 500 m to the north. Note that building may have difficulty maintaining a normal room temperature in the coldest part of winter.
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Polar Bear Pass National Wildlife Area, Bathurst Island
Aboriginal Government/ Homeland
Nunavut Land Claim Agreement
Seasonally-Operated Research Station, Site for Observing/Monitoring
Continuous Permafrost, Ponds, Terrestrial, Tundra, Wetland
Main Research Disciplines
Wetland hydrology and snow research by York University; vegetation and muskox research; bird research.
Arctic Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring (Arctic PRISM) Tier II Site
Arctic Shorebird Demographic Network Site
To Resolute Bay by scheduled commercial airline service. Access to Polar Bear Pass is by charter Twin Otter or by charter helicopter, although snow machines access from Resolute (130 km) is possible in winter.
Two bedrooms with mattresses.
Open concept cabin with basic kitchen supplies.
Recommend supplying own fuel. Some is available on site, but you need to check with Canadian Wildlife Service prior to using fuel and replace what is used.
Persons interested in using the facility must apply to the Canadian Wildlife Service for a permit to enter the National Wildlife Area, and to carry a firearm in the National Wildlife Area.
Other licenses may be required.
Special Rules and Regulations
There is a honey bucket style outhouse on site for human waste. All waste (human and garbage) must be bagged and flown out from the site.
Local External Resources
Polar Continental Shelf Program; RCMP (if not a PCSP supported project); Resolute Bay Hunters and Trappers Organization
Nearest Medical Service
Resolute Bay (130 km) and Iqaluit (1700 km)
This facility is located in polar bear country.
Cabin is full/in use mid-June to early-August on a 5 year on, 5 year off cycle. Site is currently in use until August 2019. Local hunters use the site sporadically during the winter.