Mountains and glaciers

Quttinirpaaq National Park

Glacier Travel

Low temperatures combined with low annual snowfall means that glacial movement is very slow. Crevasses and icefalls are reduced compared to glaciers in more southerly regions of North America. However, glaciers in the park can still be dangerous. Only those experienced in glacier travel and crevasse rescue and with proper equipment should travel on glaciers.

All guides operating in glaciated and/or technical mountain terrain require full certification with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides or the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association as an alpine, mountain, or ski guide. Contact the park office for more information.


If there is snow and you will be travelling across or near slopes of more than 25° angle, you need to consider the possibility of avalanches. You should be trained and experienced in assessing avalanche hazards, route-finding skills and self-rescue techniques if you plan to travel in avalanche areas. All members should carry an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe.

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