A Walk in the Park: Auyuittuq National Park

It’s been a dream of mine to do a ‘hike’ in Akshayuk Pass which is located in Auyuittuq National Park  I have seen other peoples awesome photos from the park in the summer and fall…and finally now I have some of my own to share!

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Ulu Peak is the peak with the flat side and curved on the other side…

The Park is only around an hour boat ride from Pang…and I’ve been twice in the spring, and once in the summer just to the entrance to drop off and pick up people from hikes! Which considering the combined time I’ve lived in Pang is almost 3 years…is not a lot of visits.

A few weeks ago someone from the Parks Canada office dropped off a flyer about a special package for visiting the park.  Parks Canada have arranged with an outfitter for transport as well as providing a Parks staff to do a guided trip up to Ulu Peak.  This is a special deal for Saturdays in September and October (as long as there is interest).  This was the extra push for me to actually do it!  This is because I didn’t have to arrange for the outfitter, and find friends to go… and then do the hike alone–unguided.  So having this package made me feel a bit easier about venturing out into the Park…as it is a pretty awesome spot, but also pretty isolated.

I talked with some friends…and two other people decided that they would come.  So off we went to the Parks Office early on Saturday morning to fill in paperwork and then meet our outfitter to take us to the park! On the way there we passed an iceberg that has floated into the Fjord from Cumberland Sound.

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Just after we got dropped off…I managed to get a wet sock coming off the boat…BUT changed my sock and my new hiking boots stayed dry! Elaine and Rachelle were also very excited to be walking in the Park today.  The forecast was 60% chance of rain…but we were so lucky…it only rained 15mins before the boat at the end of the day came to pick us up!  Auyuittuq National Park_0002

Because we had to leave a bit earlier (because our outfitter had another trip planned…so we went before that trip)…our orientation happened after we were dropped off at the Park… Delia was an amazing guide.  She provided so much information about the Park…it was such an awesome addition to our trip. The other amazing bonus was her experience in hiking expeditions…as a relatively new hiker…there’s a lot to learn about safety..and what to bring or not bring.  Having an experienced guide…helped ease my fears about hiking in this remote place.

Delia also brought her dog with us for the day…in the photo below you can see the dog leash.  I just wanted to point that out that her dog was on a leash all day..and a welcome addition to our hike, some of my photos it’s hard to see the leash…but all dogs in National Parks have to be on a leash!  Auyuittuq National Park_0003

The fresh snow on the top of the Mountains was so gorgeous… the tops of the mountains were covered in clouds, but as we walked it was like there was a bubble around us and the peaks came out of the clouds for a few moments all around us! Auyuittuq National Park_0004

Just a walk on the beach! Auyuittuq National Park_0005 Auyuittuq National Park_0007

It was such a gorgeous walk…and I had to stop periodically just to take it all in. Auyuittuq National Park_0008

We made it to the emergency cabin at Ulu Peak…our destination for the day!  It surprised me because I thought we would have to walk much further.  So it was a happy surprise to see the cabin! Auyuittuq National Park_0009

It was about 11ish when we made it to the cabin… it was great to stop and have a snack! We also took some time to look through the “guest book” in the cabin…great stories from hikers…lots of fun sketches!  This was the first hike of mine in my ‘new’ hiking boots…so I ended up having to bandage a small blister!  But all in all…only ended up with that one blister on my feet…
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Because it was so early in the day we decided as a group to keep walking a bit further into the park.  We walked until about 12:30…then found a spot to stop and have lunch.  We found a bit rock to help block the wind…(the wind so far on the trip was at our backs….) Then we turned around and started our hike back to the entrance of the Park. Auyuittuq National Park_0012 Auyuittuq National Park_0013 Auyuittuq National Park_0015 Auyuittuq National Park_0016

One last ‘group’ shot in front of Ulu Peak…thanks Delia for taking this shot! Auyuittuq National Park_0017

Delia, Rachelle and Elaine thanks for the awesome company on our hike~ it was great to get to know you all a bit better as we walked. Auyuittuq National Park_0018

In August I got myself a ‘fit-bit’ it’s a pedometer that’s kind of crazy tripped out. When I got home I synced it to my computer and found out that I had walked 35,571 steps!!!! It was a crazy awesome day… but way over my ‘normal’ step count per day! I guess that’s why I’m a wee bit sore…
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Totally worth the sore legs and 2 small blisters on my feet for a glorious day walking in the Park… Thanks again ladies for an awesome day!

(PS. this was my 500th post on the blog!…wow, can’t believe I have hit that milestone…)

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7 thoughts on “A Walk in the Park: Auyuittuq National Park

  1. joywalker57

    I’m back this week and hope to make it out on one of these guided hikes before the season ends. Thanks, Sarah.

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