Ivvavik National Park
Ancient Landscapes and Birthplace of Caribou
Delight in discovering unparalleled vistas, diverse wildlife and rafting adventures in the largest of North Yukon’s five wilderness parks, Ivvavik National Park, which borders the Yukon’s arctic coast. Those who make the journey to Ivvavik are rewarded with northern wildlands thriving with whitewater, wildlife and First Nation culture. Ivvavik National Park was created to protect the habitat and calving grounds of the arctic's renown Porcupine caribou herd. The Gwich’in and Inuvialuit people of North Yukon have occupied the land for centuries and depend on the herd for food and other traditional uses.
Adventuring by water on an exciting rafting trip down the Firth River is one of Ivvavik National Park’s main attractions. Coursing northward to the Beaufort Sea, the Firth River descends from ancient mountain ranges and slices across the tundra through steep, dramatically coloured canyons. Caribou often swim the river, and other frequently-spotted wildlife include grizzly bears, Dall sheep, arctic foxes, wolves and raptors. Many Ivvavik visitors are river rafters, though experienced hikers and skiers, birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts will also enjoy a visit to this northern Yukon wilderness.
For more information on experiencing Ivvavik National Park visit the Parks Canada website.