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Parks Canada Exploratory Skidoo Patrol to Qausuittuq National Park. (149061)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Renewal
Proponent name: Jovan Simic
Company: Parks Canada Agency
Start Date: 2019-05-01
End Date: 2019-05-08
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Qausuittuq National Park on Bathurst Island became the newest national Park in Nunavut on September 1st, 2015. Parks Canada would like to explore spring access into Qausuittuq National Park for potential visitor opportunities and possible future operational projects. Three Parks Staff members will be completing a spring exploratory patrol to Bathurst Island by snowmobile. They will be accompanied by a conservation officer from Resolute and a local guide/outfitter. Parks Canada is requesting to utilize the Polar Bear Pass Cabin for two nights on the way in and out of Qausuittuq National Park. The team will travel from Resolute Bay to Polar Bear Pass Cabin on April 27th, 2016 and will then continue on to Qausuittuq National Park on April 28th, 2016. The five team members will be returning to Polar Bear Pass Cabin either on April 29th, 2016 or on April 30th, 2016 before returning to Resolute Bay the following day. The group of five will travel on four skidoos, with four qamutiiks. In order to have sufficient fuel for the expedition Parks Canada is requesting to cache 1-2 fuel drums of gasoline of 205L each to refuel the machines to continue on to Parks Canada’s field camp in Qausuittuq National Park from Polar Bear Pass Cabin. The fuel drums will be brought in by twin otter on April 26th, 2017. The drums will be placed in a secondary containment fuel berm to prevent soil or water contamination in the unlikely event of a fuel spill. Fuel caching will we done following Parks Canada’s fuel caching protocols (currently being finalized), a full description of the draft protocols including spill response is attached below (Appendix 1). A spill kit will be placed with the fuel cache in case of a spill. The empty fuel barrels and spill supplies will be hauled out by skidoo if possible. Any partial barrels or empty that cannot be hauled out by skidoo will be flown out by twin otter later in the spring or early summer. All garbage and human waste will be packed out and properly disposed of.
Persons: 5
Days: 2
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
4910 polyline
4911 point
4912 point
4913 polyline
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Extablished National or Territorial Park
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Winter Access
Licensing Agencies
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Twin Otter 1 N/A Fly into park to drop fuel cache
Generator 1 2000W Recharging gear and skidoo starting devices.
Qamutiik 4 N/A Haul gear through Polar Bear Pass Wilderness area to Qausuittuq National Park
Skidoos 6 N/A Travel through the park .
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Gasoline 2 205 Liters Skidoo
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
No adverse effects are expected based on this project. There is potential for fuel spill of gasoline from the two cached fuel drums (205L) at Polar Bear Pass Cabin. Parks Canada is currently developing new fuel cache protocols and a spill response plan. Fuel Caching will be done adhering to Parks Canada Nunavut's fuel caching protocols (attached in project documents), which are currently being finalized. The 1-2 drum of fuel will be placed in a fuel berm and a spill kit will be left on site. In the unlikely event that a fuel spill occurs, the fuel berm will provide secondary catchment and stop the fuel from contaminating the environment. This will prevent any spill from contaminating the soil and/or snow and eliminate potential impacts of a fuel spill on the tundra and water-sources and removing any potential impacts to caribou health. A full spill response protocol is included in the Protocol for fuel caching document. The environmental impacts due to a Twin Otter on skis landing at Polar Bear Pass Cabin and travel by four snowmobiles will be minimal. Travel will be restricted to areas of ice and snow to prevent disturbance to vegetation and soil. No adverse impacts are expected due to human impacts around the site during the stay at polar bear cabin. All garbage and human waste will be packed out from the site. Possible minor and short-term effects include physiological stress from aircraft flight and landing and skidoo noise. Twin Otter will fly at an elevation of at least 610m (2000ft) to limit physiological stress on caribou from aircraft presence. Travel by skidoo will try to avoid known important caribou habitat. If caribou are spotted and shows signs of stress team will go around caribou and slow down machines.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Greywater less than 1m3 N/A Disposed in grey water pit 100m away from camp and drinking water sources
Sewage (human waste) less than 1 m3 Will be properly disposed of in Resolute Solid waste in Wagbags to be packed out
Non-Combustible wastes less than 1m3 Will be properly disposed of in Resolute All Garbage will be packed out
Category: Application form attachment - Fuel Use
Recieved: 2016-12-09
Originator: Leah Pengelly
Public Registry ID: 15384
Document Size: 262.09 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2017-01-10
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 15392
Document Size: 620.13 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-02-27
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 15403
Document Size: 225.91 Kb


Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
iii. If not, explain why it is not possible to avoid such disturbance.

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?