Ivvavik National Park

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Ivvavik National Park
Parc national Ivvavik (French)
IUCN category II (national park)
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Ivvavik National Park
Map showing the location of Ivvavik National ParkParc national Ivvavik (French)
Map showing the location of Ivvavik National ParkParc national Ivvavik (French)
Location of Ivvavik National Park in Canada
Location Yukon, Canada
Nearest city Inuvik
Coordinates 69°31′11″N 139°31′30″W / 69.51972°N 139.52500°W / 69.51972; -139.52500Coordinates: 69°31′11″N 139°31′30″W / 69.51972°N 139.52500°W / 69.51972; -139.52500
Area 10,168 km2 (3,926 sq mi)
Established 1984
Governing body Parks Canada

Ivvavik National Park is a national park located in Yukon, Canada. Initially named "Northern Yukon National Park," the park was renamed Ivvavik in 1992 for the Inuvialuktun word meaning "nursery" or "birthplace."[1] Created as a result of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement in 1984, negotiated the Canadian Government and the Inuvialuit of the Northern Yukon, Ivvavik is the first national park in Canada to be established as a result of an aboriginal land claims agreement.[2]

Protecting a portion of the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd, the park allows only a minimal number of people to visit per year.

On the shore of Beaufort Sea, there is abundant game for timber wolves, grizzly bears, and black bears that inhabit the area. Other animals that inhabit this park are red foxes, Alaskan moose, lemmings, Arctic foxes, Dall sheep, gyrfalcons, muskoxen, and wolverines. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge lies just across the border in Alaska.

On the south-east, Ivvavik National Park borders Vuntut National Park, established in 1995. Due to land claims negotiations, Vuntut is still quite undeveloped and has no roads or developed trails. Due to its undeveloped nature, several people have gotten lost and are presumed dead.

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  1. ^ Finkelstein, Maxwell W. "Ivvavik National Park". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  2. ^ Canada, Parks Canada Agency, Government of. "Parks Canada - Ivvavik National Park". www.pc.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 

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