Torngat Mountains National Park
|Torngat Mountains National Park|
|Location||Labrador, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada|
|Area||9,700 km2 (3,700 sq mi)|
|Established||July 10, 2008|
|Governing body||Parks Canada|
Torngat Mountains National Park is a Canadian national park. It covers 9,700 square kilometres (3,745 square miles) between Northern Québec and the Labrador Sea. Set in the Torngat Mountains, the name comes from the Inuktitut word Torngait, meaning "place of spirits". It contains the highest mountains in Mainland Canada east of the Rockies.
An area called Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve was set aside with enactment of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement on December 1, 2005, with the intention of creating a national park. When the Nunavik Inuit Land Claims Agreement came into effect on July 10, 2008, the park was officially established, and the National Park Reserve became Torngat Mountains National Park, the first in Labrador. The park covers 9,700 square kilometres (3,700 sq mi), extending from Cape Chidley south to Saglek Fjord. It is the largest national park in Atlantic Canada and the southernmost national park in the Arctic Cordillera.
This park protects wildlife (caribou, black bears, wolf packs, two species of fox, polar bears, peregrine falcon, and golden eagle among others), while offering wilderness-oriented recreational activities (hiking, scrambling, kayaking).
- Official Parks Canada website
- Parks Canada - Announcement of establishment of Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve
- Park page at Newfoundland and Labrador Government site