Torngat Mountains National Park
Home to the Inuit and their ancestors for thousands of years, Torngat Mountains National Park is like no other. Completely pristine without permanent campgrounds or roads, it's a land of mountains and polar bears, small glaciers and caribou. A place where the Inuit hunt, fish, and travel just as aboriginal peoples have for thousands of years.
The best way to safely explore the park is through services provided by Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station in Saglek Bay, Labrador, the gateway to Torngat Mountains National Park.
Getting to the park requires some planning. You will need to travel through either Goose Bay or Nain in Labrador. Contact the Base Camp to learn about the options on how to arrive at the park. Both the Base Camp and adventure tour operators offer a variety of multi-day packages which are usually available in July and August. This trip is not for the faint of heart. It’s not an easy destination to get to, but the rewards are huge.
Tip: There is no internet connection, but there is running water, hot showers, and flushable toilets. Both the tents and insulated domes are heated and have electricity. All activities are done with the assistance of skilled Inuit Bear Guards. Visitors should carefully consult the website about what to bring, and be prepared for a flexible itinerary.
Day 1 - Base Camp
Settle into Base Camp. All guests are required to participate in a briefing. The group will then hike from camp to a summit overlooking the area so they can get a sense of the area. After supper, sit and hear stories from Inuit elders who call this place home. As the sun sets, watch the skies for dancing northern lights.
Day 2 - Rose Island
Wake up to the sound of birds singing and the smell of crisp northern air. Fuel up on a hearty breakfast before setting out on a day filled with adventure. Join Parks Canada staff and other guests for a trip to nearby Sallikuluk (Rose Island). This will give you an opportunity to see the physical traces of Inuit settlement on the land and hear Inuit stories that will deepen your understanding of the landscape that surrounds you.
After enjoying a packed lunch, hop back in the Zodiac for a trip around the island. Take in the splendor of any icebergs that may be in the area, and keep on the lookout for meandering polar bears. Return to Base Camp for supper, then spend the evening testing your skills at traditional Inuit games, demonstrated by Inuit youth.
Day 3 - North Arm
The excursion to North Arm is a full day, and the voyage there by long liner is approximately 3 hours. The boat ride will bring you through a narrow and majestic fjord with 3,000-foot verticals. Once there, hike beautiful waterfalls, go for a dip in the refreshing indigo-blue water, and catch a glimpse of the past with many remnants of ancient Inuit life. Hook an Arctic char and cook it in the traditional Inuit way – on flat rocks over a fire. Return to Base Camp to reflect on the day and prepare to say goodbye to this spectacular place.
In the morning, catch the boat to Saglek and start your trip home