Quttinirpaaq National Park (Lake Hazen)
There are five weather haven-style structures, which are primarily used to support park operations, but may be shared with researcher parties depending on operational requirements. These include a kitchen, two two-bedroom sleepers, an office, and a latrine. All buildings are heated and have solar power. In addition to these facilities there is a weather haven-style laboratory, which has solar power and heat.
|Primary Contact||Emma Hansen||Emma.Hansen@pc.gc.ca||(867) 975-4975|
|Secondary Contact||Nunavut Field Unit||Nunavut.Info@pc.gc.ca||(867) 975-4673|
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Aboriginal Government/ Homeland
Quttinirpaaq National Park is cooperatively managed with the people of Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay through a Joint Park Management Committee as outlined in the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement for Auyuittuq, Quttinirpaaq, and Sirmilik National Parks.
Seasonally-Operated Field Camp
Freshwater, Glacier, Lake, Mountain, Tundra
Main Research Disciplines
Archaeology, Biochemistry, Climatology, Environmental Sciences, Hydrology, Terrestrial Biology/Ecology
During the original Defense Research Board “Operation Hazen” in 1957-58 both summer and winter parties conducted extensive scientific research in the disciplines of glaciology, botany and geomorphology.
Water quality monitoring; climate monitoring; climate change studies; lake ice monitoring; cultural resource monitoring; plant community monitoring.
Satellite phone, VHF
Transportation to and from the site by Twin Otter out of Resolute
There are two unheated storage facilities on site, one specifically designed for fuel storage
2 two-bedroom sleepers, that may be used by researchers pending availability
1 kitchen weather haven with propane powered fridge and stove
1 weather haven-style laboratory which has solar power and heat
Both Parks Canada and Polar Continental Shelf Program maintain fuel caches for operational needs only, except in the case of an emergency. Arrangements for fuel can be made through PCSP, but may require additional permitting by Parks Canada. Please see polar.nrcan.gc.ca for more details.
Please contact the Research Coordinator for the Nunavut Field Unit of Parks Canada at (867) 975-4762 or Nunavut.Research@pc.gc.ca
Special Rules and Regulations
The site is located within Quttinirpaaq National Park. All persons going to the site must first contact Parks Canada at (867) 975-4673 for more details on park regulations.
Local External Resources
None, a high degree of self-sufficiency is expected.
Nearest Medical Service
Nursing Station in Grise Fiord (570 km) and Iqaluit hospital (2500 km), air access only.
A high degree of self-sufficiency is expected. Anybody traveling to Quttinirpaaq National Park has to participate in a mandatory safety orientation delivered by Parks Canada staff.
No charge for permitted researchers