Ukkusiksalik stretches inland from Hudson Bay’s northwest shore and surrounds Wager Bay, a 100-kilometre (62-mile) long saltwater inlet. Its remote, 20,500 square-kilometres (7,900-square miles) cover tundra, coastal mudflats all thriving with wildlife and migratory birds. It’s a traditional hunting and fishing ground for Inuit who continue to harvest as they have for thousands of years.

The park is accessible by plane, boat and snowmobile from Repulse Bay, site of Parks Canada’s office. Visit in summertime, or on a spring snowmobile daytrip until the ice break-up in late June. Since the park encompasses an inland sea, boating is ideal for exploring.

If visitors don’t have experience in backcountry travel, they should hire an experienced local guide or outfitter who can ensure their safety as this is polar bear country. Register, become oriented, and de-brief with park staff. Then hike in the footsteps of centuries of Inuit, imagining their gatherings and paddling the routes they once kayaked.