From coast to coast, Canada has some incredible sights, sounds and experiences – but Nunavut’s Mount Thor or Thor Peak, is by far, one of the most daring.

Located in Auyuittuq National Park, this towering peak has a vertical cliff face drop of 1,250 metres or 4,101 feet and is the tallest in the entire world.

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From far, wide and all over The Great North, photographers, tourists and seasoned mountain climbers have come to get a glimpse and even conquer the mountain despite the fact that it’s in an area that can get pretty chilly.

In fact, the name Auyuittuq translates to “the land that never melts” in Inuktitut which is pretty cool, right?

Here the history and culture are rich, the views are unreal and the nearby communities of Pangnirtung and Qikiqtarjua offer traditional excursions, games and foods – though it is worth noting that anyone visiting should plan far ahead!

With hiking trails and historical sites, riverbanks, lakeshores, gorges and flowering tundra, there is plenty to see and do, but it probably won’t lend itself to any ‘run of the mill ‘ adventure.


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Due to the limited facilities, Parks Canada recommends this area to ‘experienced and self-reliant visitors,’ luckily, there are tour guides and outfitters who will assist you on your journey.

While those thinking about visiting will need to be prepared, they’ll also be amazed upon arrival, so consider it a bucket list item!

After all, not only are the nearby communities and park one of a kind, Mount Thor is quite literally in a class of its own.


Where: Qikiqtaaluk Region, NU