Worth a Trip: Ivvavik National Park

The first national park to be established in Canada as part of an Inuvialuit land claim, 94,500-sq-km Ivvavik National Park sits in the remote northwest corner of the Yukon, bordering Alaska and the Arctic Ocean. Bisected by the roaring Firth River and dominated by the craggy British Mountains, the park is home to Porcupine caribou, musk oxen, wolves, moose, wolverines, grizzlies and Dall's sheep.

Though it's part of the Yukon, it falls within the boundaries of traditional Inuvialuit lands, and is managed by Parks Canada out of Inuvik. In June and July, five-day guided trips depart Inuvik for the Sheep Creek Base Camp near Firth River, with hot showers, a cook to prepare meals and tent pads accommodating large tents with beds, so you're not completely roughing it. Every day, hiking excursions are conducted by an Inuvialuit cultural guide along one of seven explored routes. This is spectacular wild country; hikes involve creek crossings and wildlife sightings are virtually guaranteed. All-inclusive trips cost $3,375.

If rafting is more your thing, a number of Canadian and American operators organize 10-day rafting trips along the Firth River (around $9000) with departures out of Inuvik.