Auyuittuq National Park

Skier hauling gear, Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut, Canada (© Jean-Baptiste Strobel/Photolibrary)Preserving a spectacular section of Baffin Island in Nunavut, Canada’s Inuit territory, Auyuittuq National Park is a remote, windswept, scenic and unpeopled preserve to which a visit is a lifetime adventure for most. Here are steep-walled fjords, forbidding mountain peaks — one was featured in “The Spy Who Loved Me,” and hiking treks only for experienced wilderness travelers. The most popular of these is the 97-kilometer journey through Akshayuk Pass. Mount Thor, near the Akshayuk Valley, has a 1.25-kilometer cliff face, the longest such uninterrupted drop in the world.

Text by Eric Lucas; photo editing by Connie Ricca.

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