Auyuittuk National Park is an amazing wilderness of mountain peaks, treeless valleys and glacial rivers, crowned by the Penny Ice Cap, a remnant of the last Ice Age. Protecting a pristine part of the eastern Arctic, the park is located on Baffin Island's Cumberland Peninsula, about 2400 kilometres from Montreal. Its 19 707 square kms lies almost entirely within the Arctic Circle and, except for the 6000 square kilometre Penny Ice Cap, the park's landscape has been entirely glacier-formed. The harsh variable climate, only briefly moderated during the long days of summer, sustains a very limited number of plant and animal species. Auyuittuq, "the land that never melts", was set aside in 1972; in 1993, an agreement was made between the government and the Inuit to negotiate the formal establishment of the reserve to a national park.