The best camping near Torngat Mountains National Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Torngat Mountains National Park adventure.

A spiritual Innuit homeland in the Arctic tundra.  

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The best camping near Torngat Mountains National Park guide



Set in Labrador’s deep north, the remote Torngat Mountains house more polar bears than people. Torngat means “place of spirits” in Inuktitut, and it’s easy to see why Inuit shamans sought the spirit world here, where the northern lights float over a labyrinth of fjords. Due to the area’s polar bear population, travelers are encouraged to stay within the fenced-in basecamp, leaving for scheduled hikes, tours, and multi-day backpacking trips only when accompanied by Inuit guides. Torngat is a rare place to meet and learn from the Inuit people—whether you’re hiking, fishing for Arctic char, or listening to throat singers under the aurora.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best all-around: Torngat Mountains Base Camp & Research Station
  • Best for serious adventurers: The Torngat backcountry

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Advance permits and registration are required for all visitors, and unless you’re a seriously experienced arctic adventurer, it’s a good idea to book a stay at Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station to ensure a safe visit to polar bear country.
  2. You’ll need to reserve well in advance—the camp is only open for five weeks each summer, and accommodations are limited.
  3. You can stay in a heated hut or geodesic dome—both of which can accommodate up to six people—or bring your own tent and equipment to set up within the camp boundaries.

When to go

While Torngat National Park is open year-round, the base camp is only open for five weeks each year, typically from mid-July to late August. The Canadian parks service also offers guided treks throughout the summer. The area is remote and can be difficult to access, so it’s a good idea to set aside at least a week for your trip to allow for potential weather-related delays.

Know before you go

  • All visitors must complete an orientation session before exploring the park.
  • Polar bears can be an extreme safety hazard to unprepared visitors. You are required to be familiar with and bring bear deterrents with you—alternately, Parks Canada advises travelers to hire an Inuit guide. Note that all excursions from Torngat Mountains Base Camp are accompanied by armed guides. 
  • The park headquarters is located in the town of Nain, within the Nunatsiavut region of Inuit Nunangat. Staff there can direct you to local Inuit guides. 
  • Torngat Mountains Base Camp offers rental gear and accomodations, including hot showers, bathrooms, and shared meals. There’s a satellite phone onsite for emergencies.

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