Ovayok (Mount Pelly) Park is approximately 15 kilometres east of the community of Cambridge Bay on Victoria Island. The central feature of the park is the mountain called Ovayok. At over 200m high, it stands out from the surrounding landscape. For generations, Ovayok has been an important landmark and source of legend for the Inuit and their predecessors.
Since ancient times, Ovayok has been a key stopping place during the seasonal movements of the people. As they moved inland in the summer and back to the sea ice in the fall, they stopped here because of the plentiful fish and waterfowl in nearby lakes. It was here that they built stone caches to store winter cloths, equipment and food to be picked up on their return journey. Today, there are five trails and over 20 km awaiting you!
There are five trails making up over 20 km of hiking. A Guidebook, available at the Arctic Coast Visitor Centre, and through Nunavut Parks, locates the trails, camping areas, and interpretive panels and posts. Follow the coded trail markers to navigate your way through the park.
No roads lead to Nunavut; our Territory is accessible only by air and sea.
First Air and Canadian North both fly regular daily schedules to Iqaluit from four main southern airline ‘hubs’: Ottawa, Montreal, and Edmonton (via Yellowknife and Rankin Inlet). Flights from Winnipeg (via Churchill and Rankin Inlet) are also available.
Travellers from Rankin Inlet can fly Kivalliq Air to Cambridge Bay regularly. Journeys from Iqaluit require an overnight in Yellowknife before going on to Cambridge Bay. Kenn Borek Air operates flights within the Kitikmeot region. All flights originate in Cambridge Bay and service the communities of Kugluktuk, Taloyoak, Kugaaruk and Gjoa Haven. Please check with the airlines for schedule changes.
To get to the park, head east from Cambridge Bay. Ovayok is about a 30 minute drive or a 4 to 6 hour walk. There is a road to the park, but it is not maintained on a regular basis and it can sometimes be rough. On clear days, you should be able to see the mountain from town, and there are signs along the road that will help direct you to the park. Quite often, you will be able to see muskoxen on the way to the park as well as a diversity of migratory birds.
Arctic Island Lodge
Email Arctic Island Lodge
Green Row Executive Suites
Email Green Row
Inns North Co-Op – Hotel Ikaluktutiak
Quonset – An Arctic Chalet
Contact the Ekaluktutiak Hunters and Trappers Organization for information on local outfitters, information on the local landscape, fishing and other related activities.
The Arctic Coast Visitors Centre holds a number of activities and events throughout the summer season, and at other times during the year! Contact the centre for information on these, and to locate a guide to take you out to the park.
The Kitikmeot Heritage Society also maintains a library, museum and archives. The Society is located in the May Hakongak Community Library and Cultural Centre.
Ovayok Territorial Park Editorial [.pdf – 884KB] – This four page editorial offers information on Ovayok Territorial Park.
Visitor information is available from the Visitor Information section of the website, and at relevant visitor and information centres throughout Nunavut. Contact Nunavut Parks for any additional information you may be looking for.