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PARK PICK SIRMILIK NATIONAL PARK Between the communities of Pond Inlet and Arctic Bay on northern Baffi n Island, Sirmilik National Park's 22,200 sq. km (8,572 sq. mi.) are comprised of three parts: Borden Peninsula is a plateau sliced by broad river valleys; Oliver Sound is a scenic ord for boating, wilderness hiking and camping; and Bylot Island is a spectacular and rugged island of mountains, valleys, glaciers and seabird colonies. Kayak iceberg-dotted waters, trek to red rock hoodoo spires, spot migratory snow geese at their biggest nesting area and visit ancient archaeological Thule sites. Bylot abuts Lancaster Sound, called the "Serengeti of the Arctic" for its abundance of seals, narwhal, beluga and bowhead whales, as well as walrus and polar bears ( National Parks and Historic Sites: 1-888-773-8888 Experienced backpackers can traverse the 97-km (60-mi.) Akshayuk Pass through Auyuittuq National Park, a 10 to 14-day hike amid glaciers, sheer cliff s and river crossings. Travel with an operator or arrange logistics with local boat operators in Pangnirtung and Qikiqtarjuaq. The less adventurous can glimpse the pass' spectacular mountain terrain on a day's boat ride up the ord from Pangnirtung to hike to the Arctic Circle ( www.parkscanada. FAMILY FUN Head to Iqaluit from Ottawa on a family- friendly long weekend between February and October. Flights, hotel and a town tour are included. Activities are seasonal and might include hiking, boating, kayaking, ATV adventures, igloo-building, ice fi shing, dogsledding and cross-country skiing ( arctic-weekend-getaway/overview). While there, take the kids to play with Canadian purebred Eskimo dog puppies on a two- hour tour ( www.inukpakoutfi INUIT ARTIST, DORSET ISLAND • NU TOURISM/L. NARRAWAY NU 158

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