5DGeneral Guidelines for National Wildlife Areas

National Wildlife Areas of Canada

National Wildlife Areas (NWAs) are protected and managed according to the Wildlife Area Regulations under the Canada Wildlife Act. The primary purpose of most NWAs is the protection and conservation of wildlife and their habitat. For this purpose, and according to the legislation, activities that could interfere with the conservation of wildlife are prohibited in an NWA. Consequently, there are prohibited activities in all NWAs and there is no public access for some of them. Nonetheless, the Minister of the Environment has the ability to authorize activities, whether through public notice or the issuance of permits, for those activities benefiting wildlife and their habitat, or that are not inconsistent with the purpose for which the NWA was established and are consistent with the management plan goals for the NWA.

For general information regarding Canada’s National Wildlife Areas, please contact Environment and Climate Change Canada at 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only) or ec.enviroinfo.ec@canada.ca, or visit our website: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/wildlife-habitat.html.


General Guidelines for National Wildlife Areas in Nunavut

Canadian and foreign vessels are not allowed to enter NWAs in Nunavut without a permit. These protected areas are managed according to their associated Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement (IIBA) and the Nunavut Agreement, which stipulate certain rights to Inuit of the Nunavut Settlement Area. Any foreign vessel ship captain who is planning to enter in any of these protected areas without a permit, claiming a right of innocent passage, is strongly advised to communicate with Environment and Climate Change Canada (Canadian Wildlife Service) at least two weeks in advance.


Akpait National Wildlife Area

Coordinates

Akpait national wildlife area



All geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) are expressed in the North American Datum 1983 (NAD 83) Canadian Spatial Reference System (CSRS).


Point

Latitude

Longitude

1

67°08′00″ N

61°51′00″ W

2

67°08′00″ N

61°29′06″ W

3

67°00′35″ N

61°15′00″ W

4

66°52′00″ N

61°15′00″ W

5

66°48′00″ N

61°20′00″ W

6

66°50′30″ N

61°35′00″ W

7

66°51′17″ N

61°51′00″ W

8

66°53′55″ N

61°51′00″ W

9

66°53′43″ N

61°49′00″ W

10

66°56′21″ N

61°49′00″ W

11

66°58′17″ N

61°51′00″ W

12

66°50’30”N

61°36’41”W

13

66°51’17”N

61°47’29”W

14

66°51’17”N

61°51’00”W


Prohibitions

Navigating within Akpait National Wildlife Area without a permit is prohibited except for Inuit exercising their rights as per the Nunavut Agreement or the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement.

Permitting Requirements

A permit must be obtained to either navigate within or conduct any type of activity in the National Wildlife Area. Activities that may be permitted will be in accordance with the conservation objectives of the National Wildlife Area management plan. A permit is not required for Inuit exercising their rights within the National Wildlife Area as per the Nunavut Agreement or the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement.

More information on access and permitting for Akpait National Wildlife Area can be obtained by contacting the Environment and Climate Change Canada regional office.

Contact Information

Environment and Climate Change Canada - Northern Region
Canadian Wildlife Service
Protected Areas
P. O. Box 1870
Iqaluit, Nunavut
X0A 0H0
Telephone: 867-975-4636
Toll Free: 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only)
Email: ec.nupermisscf-cwspermitnu.ec@canada.ca


Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area

Coordinates

Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area

All geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) are expressed in the North American Datum 1983 (NAD 83) Canadian Spatial Reference System (CSRS).


Point

Latitude

Longitude

1

69°50′00″ N

67°13′16.87″ W

2

69°50′00″ N

66°36′03″ W

3

69°17′00″ N

66°07′13″ W

4

69°17′00″ N

66°44′03.04″ W

5

69°34′43.78″ N

68°40′00″ W

6

69°39′27.57″ N

68°40′00″ W

7

69°20’20.42”N

66°49’02.63”W

8

69°24’15.05”N

67°03’31.74”W

9

69°27’35.80”N

67°14’46.48”W

10

69°27’44.66”N

67°26’53.39”W

11

69°28’44.21”N

67°43’08.79”W

12

69°27’00.18”N

67°54’05.06”W

13

69°27’47.29”N

68°02’51.73”W

14

69°38’27.38”N

68°26’10.99”W

15

69°39’07.15”N

68°19’00.43”W

16

69°43’25.24”N

68°12’50.42”W

17

69°46’39.12”N

68°05’41.79”W

18

69°47’32.06”N

67°53’42.01”W

19

69°47’16.38”N

67°45’05.69”W

20

69°44’05.59”N

67°26’41.32”W

21

69°44’03.59”N

67°16’12.67”W

22

69°44’36.52”N

67°10’33.68”W




Prohibitions

Navigating within Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area without a permit is prohibited except for Inuit exercising their rights as per the Nunavut Agreement or the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement.

Permitting Requirements

A permit must be obtained to either navigate within or conduct any type of activity in the National Wildlife Area. Activities that may be permitted will be in accordance with the conservation objectives of the National Wildlife Area management plan. A permit is not required for Inuit exercising their rights within the National Wildlife Area as per the Nunavut Agreement or the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement.

More information on access and permitting for Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area can be obtained by contacting the Environment and Climate Change Canada regional office.

Contact Information

Environment and Climate Change Canada - Northern Region
Canadian Wildlife Service
Protected Areas
P. O. Box 1870
Iqaluit, Nunavut
X0A 0H0
Telephone: 867-975-4636
Toll Free: 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only)
Email: ec.nupermisscf-cwspermitnu.ec@canada.ca


Nirjutiqavik National Wildlife Area

Coordinates

Nirjutiqavvik National Wildlife Area

All geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) are expressed in the North American Datum 1983 (NAD 83) Canadian Spatial Reference System (CSRS).

All of the island known as Coburg Island, the centre of which having approximate latitude 75°57′50″ and approximate longitude 79°19′30″; and also all that land covered by water immediately adjacent to said Coburg Island and extending 10 km (5.4 Nautical Miles) from the ordinary high-water mark thereof.

Prohibitions

Navigating within Nirjutiqarvik National Wildlife Area without a permit is prohibited except for Inuit exercising their rights as per the Nunavut Agreement or the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement.

Permitting Requirements

A permit must be obtained to either navigate within or conduct any type of activity in the National Wildlife Area. Activities that may be permitted will be in accordance with the conservation objectives of the National Wildlife Area management plan. A permit is not required for Inuit exercising their rights within the National Wildlife Area as per the Nunavut Agreement or the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement.

More information on access and permitting for Nirjutiqarvik National Wildlife Area can be obtained by contacting the Environment and Climate Change Canada regional office.

Contact Information

Environment and Climate Change Canada - Northern Region
Canadian Wildlife Service
Protected Areas
P. O. Box 1870
Iqaluit, Nunavut
X0A 0H0
Telephone: 867-975-4636
Toll Free: 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only)
Email: ec.nupermisscf-cwspermitnu.ec@canada.ca


Qaqulluit National Wildlife Area

Coordinates

Qaqulluit National Wildlife Area


All geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) are expressed in the North American Datum 1983 (NAD 83) Canadian Spatial Reference System (CSRS).


Point

Latitude

Longitude

1

67°17′13.53″ N

62°47′28.04″ W

2

67°21′05.00″ N

62°37′07.13″ W

3

67°21′40.56″ N

62°22′47.50″ W

4

67°18′24.40″ N

62°11′09.29″ W

5

67°13′05.16″ N

62°07′02.76″ W

6

67°08′01.14″ N

62°12′15.74″ W

7

67°10′31.73″ N

62°21′46.00″ W

8

67°11′35.41″ N

62°21′58.76″ W

9

67°12′15.21″ N

62°23′25.39″ W

10

67°12′38.43″ N

62°25′04.87″ W

11

67°11′38.90″ N

62°26′01.70″ W


Prohibitions

Navigating within Qaqulluit National Wildlife Area without a permit is prohibited except for Inuit exercising their rights as per the Nunavut Agreement or the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement.

Permitting Requirements

A permit must be obtained to either navigate within or conduct any type of activity in the National Wildlife Area. Activities that may be permitted will be in accordance with the conservation objectives of the National Wildlife Area management plan. A permit is not required for Inuit exercising their rights within the National Wildlife Area as per the Nunavut Agreement or the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement.

More information on access and permitting for Qaqulluit National Wildlife Area can be obtained by contacting the Environment and Climate Change Canada regional office.


Contact Information

Environment and Climate Change Canada - Northern Region
Canadian Wildlife Service
Protected Areas
P. O. Box 1870
Iqaluit, Nunavut
X0A 0H0
Telephone: 867-975-4636
Toll Free: 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only)
Email: ec.nupermisscf-cwspermitnu.ec@canada.ca


Nanuit Itillinga (Polar Bear Pass) National Wildlife Area

Coordinates

Polar Bear Pass National Wildlife Area

All coordinates quoted herein being Universal Transverse Mercator coordinates in Zone 14;


Point

Northing

Easting

1

8 421 000

540 000

2

8 412 000

537 600

3

8 406 700

531 300

4

8 401 500

545 500

5

8 373 800

545 700

6

8 368 700

549 200

7

8 367 000

548 000

8

8 372 000

542 500

9

8 380 000

541 600

10

8 383 300

536 200

11

8 383 300

472 600

12

8 384 900

470 900

13

8 386 100

470 800

14

8 388 100

475 600

15

8 398 600

476 400

16

8 390 000

440 000

17

8 410 000

500 000

18

8 410 000

440 000



Prohibitions

Navigating within Nanuit Itillinga (Polar Bear Pass) National Wildlife Area without a permit is prohibited except for Inuit exercising their rights as per the Nunavut Agreement or the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement.

Permitting Requirements

A permit must be obtained to either navigate within or conduct any type of activity in the National Wildlife Area. Activities that may be permitted will be in accordance with the conservation objectives of the National Wildlife Area management plan. A permit is not required for Inuit exercising their rights within the National Wildlife Area as per the Nunavut Agreement or the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement.

More information on access and permitting for Nanuit Itillinga (Polar Bear Pass) National Wildlife Area can be obtained by contacting the Environment and Climate Change Canada regional office.

Contact Information

Environment and Climate Change Canada - Northern Region
Canadian Wildlife Service
Protected Areas
P. O. Box 1870
Iqaluit, Nunavut
X0A 0H0
Telephone: 867-975-4636
Toll Free: 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only)
Email: ec.nupermisscf-cwspermitnu.ec@canada.ca

Authority: Environment and Climate Canada