Exploring Canada’s remote Ellesmere Island


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Exploring Canada’s remote Ellesmere Island
Question: Can I get dropped off on Ellesmere Island and roam around for a few days? Do I need permission? Check-in or get a permit? Thanks in advance.

Larry Mishkar
Minocqua, WI

Canada’s remote Ellesmere Island is home to the white Arctic wolf

Adventure Adviser: Not surprisingly, there’s no permit required to explore the tip-top of Canada; there’s little need for crowd control since so few people actually make it up there. Number one deterrent, obviously, is cost: Getting “dropped off” means taking a twice-weekly flight from Resolute to Grise Fiord via Kenn Borek Air for a
reasonable $485 round-trip (819-252-3845). Getting from there to Ellesmere National Park–a remote (understatement, to say the least) swath of parkland on the island’s northern tip–is another ball game altogether. You will need to pick up a park permit from headquarters (819-473-8828); allow an hour for permit registration and be prepared to shell out $100 for a three-day
pass. That’s nothing compared to the bags of money–$8,000 to be more exact–you’ll have to shell out for a round-trip charter from Resolute to Lake Hazen, the park’s main fly-in point (it breaks down to a mind-boggling $1,000 dollars an hour for a four-hour, one-way flight). Once you’re there, brace yourself for a mind-blowing range of terrain–everything from sand dunes to
ice fields to fjords–and an equally impressive lineup of wildlife: musk ox, arctic wolves, caribou, to name a few.

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