Ward Hunt Station


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Ward Hunt Station

Ward Hunt Island is located at the northern tip of Canada, off the coast of Ellesmere Island. Ward Hunt Island is part of Quttinirpaaq National Park of Canada in Nunavut, Canada. Quttinirpaaq means "top of the world" in Inuktitut and reflects the location of this station, which is approximately 750 km from the North Pole. Ward Hunt Island Station and Observatory is owned and operated by the Centre for Northern Studies (CEN), in collaboration with Parks Canada (www.pc.gc.ca).


The station is only accessible by charter flight (Twin Otter). Since the station is located in a national park, all research activities must be planned and proposed at least one year in advance to the station management.


There is no shower or washer/dryer at the station. The facility is solar powered, secondary heating is oil and propane, a generator is on site for 24/7 energy availability. Waste must be sorted and disposed of as soon as possible.

Address and Contact

Ward Hunt Island, Quttinirpaaq National Park of Canada, Nunavut, Canada

Parks Canada
Ross Glenfield, Park Director
C.P. 278. Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada, X0A 0H0
Tel. (867) 975-4673 or 975-4643

Dr. Catherine Girard, professor
Département des sciences fondamentales, UQAC

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