Arctic Eden and Cultural Crossroads
Plan a journey to the Arctic regions of the Yukon for a magical trip to Herschel Island Territorial Park. Herschel Island has a rich convergence of natural geological highlights and cultural history.
Located on the Yukon’s Beaufort Sea coast and known as "Qikiqtaruk" (meaning 'island') to the Inuvialuit people, visitors can discover evidence of prehistoric cultures, Inuit hunters and the Inuvialuit who have frequented this windswept island for centuries. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Americans docked their whaling fleets here, traders and missionaries established posts, and the North West Mounted Police carried out their legendary dogsled patrols from Herschel Island.
Herschel Island is known for its explosions of wildflowers, exotic migratory birds, and land and sea creatures thriving under arctic region's midnight sun. Caribou, musk-ox and grizzly bears are frequently spotted, along with resident arctic foxes and raptors. In midsummer pack ice floats near the island, and bleached driftwood lines the eroding shore.
Experience Herschel Island
A day trip to Herschel Island will be an exciting one with hiking, photography and birdwatching available near Pauline Cove, and opportunities to learn about the land of the Inuvialuit. Weather permitting, day trips can be arranged by chartered aircraft from Inuvik.
Those who plan to camp on Herschel Island can hike deeper into the island in search of birds and wildlife, and interesting vegetation and landforms. Herschel Island’s basic visitor facilities include tent shelters, outhouses and fresh water. Park rangers welcome all summer visitors and can provide interpretive tours of the settlement at Pauline Cove.
For information on experiencing Herschel Island Territorial Park visit the Environment Yukon website.