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the “University of the Hills” – houses more than 5,000 historic botanical and zoological specimens.
” in Inuvialuktun, protects more than 12,000 square kilometres of arctic lowlands on the north end of Banks Island.
The park encompasses a variety of landscapes from fertile river valleys to polar deserts, buttes and badlands, rolling hills, and bold seacoasts.
Traverse Akshayuk Pass, a natural corridor through a landscape of towering rock - a haven for experienced mountaineers and backcountry skiers.
Spot snow geese, Arctic foxes, and human-shaped Inuksuit basking in Midnight Sun.