Province/Territory: Newfoundland and Labrador

Experience the far north from an Inuit base camp

  • 7000 year old archaeological sites
  • 900 metre high cliffs
  • 3.9 billion year old rocks

From your base at the Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station, you walk along an isolated pebble beach during the long summer day, soaking up the dramatic scenery of turquoise lakes, towering fjords and wildflower-cloaked tundra. Later, the northern lights somersault across the sky as you sit by a crackling fire. After savouring the Arctic char you helped to catch and prepare, you drink in the tales spun by Inuit elders. As you settle into your tent for the night you hear the wolves howl in the distance and you shiver in anticipation as you contemplate tomorrow's excursion to see polar bears, caribou and other majestic inhabitants of the magnificent north. Now you understand why Inuit legend calls these mountains the home of Tungak, the most powerful of the gods.

Why you should visit
  • Experience a national park that is also an Inuit homeland.
  • Listen to young Inuit drummers and throat singers keep their culture alive.
  • Travel in a longliner fishing boat deep into fjords lined with 900 metre walls.
  • Camp out as the Northern Lights dance in the skies above your tent.
  • Learn some words and phrases in Inuktitut as you share a campfire with Inuit elders.
  • Help to prepare a meal featuring wildlife harvested by Inuit hunters.
  • See polar bears in their natural habitat.

Weather

  • The park climate is influenced by altitude, latitude and the nearby Labrador Sea. Be prepared for all kinds of weather.
  • The best weather typically occurs from mid-July to mid-August, but beware of sudden, heavy fog and intense wind along the river valleys and ravines.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Torngat Mountains Base Camp offers packaged excursions from July to September.
  • all visitors to Torngat Mountains National Park must register and then deregister with Parks Canada.
  • there are no designated campsites or facilities in the national park; visitors not partaking of the packaged excursions may camp anywhere except at archaeological sites and are asked to practice No Trace Camping.
When to go
  • Packaged excursions to Torngat Mountains Base Camp depart Goose Bay every Saturday from mid-July to mid-September and Wednesdays from late July to early September.
  • Torngat Mountains National Park is a remote wilderness area - while the park is open year round, it is only practical to visit in late winter/early spring and summer (April to September).
Need to know
  • Depending on the package chosen visitors may or may not need to bring some camping equipment with them.
  • Visitors need to be in good general physical condition for some of the excursions; people with concerns are encouraged to contact the company with questions.
  • Participants must fill out medical and liability forms and send them in 30 days prior to their trip.
  • Package trips are of 3, 4 or 7 days duration; plan to spend the night in Goose Bay both coming and going.
  • After booking participants will receive a detailed document that includes everything needed to prepare for the trip including itinerary, packing list and FAQs.
Getting Here