Nunavut

Come to Nunavut and experience earth in its purest form. Let Canada’s Arctic astound you with its untouched wilderness and unique ecosystem. Let the people welcome you into their small communities and remote villages that dot the resilient icy landscape of the far north. Come see what life is like at the top of the world where the land, the people and the wildlife are beautifully intertwined.

Glaciers, shaped by time and the elements, tower overhead—rivalling heights of many city skyscrapers. The unpredictable strength of the ocean and ice will capture your attention and demand your respect. Look up in the dark of night and immerse yourself in the colours of Aurora Borealis. Because here you don’t just see the Northern Lights—they take your hand, sweep you in to their arms and bring you along in their dance through the sky.

As beautiful and unique as the land they inhabit, the people of Nunavut will embrace your arrival. The Inuit culture is deeply rooted here and brims with tradition. They cherish and nurture the connection they have with the natural world around them and are eager to share it with anyone willing to respect it.

BLOGS

Adventure is waiting for you in Nunavut. Whether you come to take in this severe and majestic landscape by kayak, cruise or dogsled, you will leave with a deeper understanding of the world up north. It is a once-in-a-lifetime destination you will never forget.

Nunavut is not your average travel destination—this arctic paradise is in a category all its own. It isn’t the place to choose when the travel bug strikes on a Thursday afternoon and you decide a last-minute getaway is the answer. This is the type of trip you take with purpose and planning.

With a climate, culture and way of life vastly different than what many people are accustomed to, it is important to be prepared.

EXPLORE NUNAVUT

seven things to know about

nunavut

  • Language: Are you nervous about communicating? While over 80% of the population’s first language is Inuktitut or Inuinnaqtun, English and French are widely spoken throughout the region.
  • Getting Here: All roads may lead to Rome but not one single road leads to Nunavut. In other words, no road-trips will get you to Canada’s youngest territory. Most people choose to fly but there are a few months each summer—when the ice breaks up—that bring tourists to the region by cruise ship.
  • Size: Nunavut is the largest of the Canadian territories and provinces. It encompasses over 2 million km2 of land—just over 20% of all Canada. Despite its size, it has the smallest population in the country.
  • It’s Cold! I’m sure it doesn’t come as a surprise that the arctic is cold. But it is really really cold. Because Nunavut is so large, temperatures vary greatly around the territory. The coldest community, Grise Ford, will often see winter temperatures dip to -50ºC while the warmest community, Kugluktuk, sees winter temps of -15º to -40º C. The other communities range in temperature depending on the season but all of them will only see an average temperature of above freezing during the summer months. The moral of the story? Come prepared and trust your adventure guides’ clothing recommendations. Nothing ruins a good adventure like frost bite!
  • Narwhals Confession: I thought Narwhals were mythical creatures until I was well into my thirties. As it turns out, these ‘unicorns of the sea’ are the real deal and live in the arctic waters surrounding Nunavut. Seeing one though is dependent on the season you visit—May and June are the prime viewing months.
  • Getting Around: Immersing yourself in the communities of Nunavut is a huge part of understanding the culture. However it’s hard to do that if you’re stuck at your accommodation. Enter the $7 taxi. No matter how far you need to go, a taxi ride in Nunavut will cost you $7. But don’t be surprised if your driver picks up another passenger or two. You’ll all get where you’re going and you will have good conversation along the way.
  • Adventuring Right: Adventures in the arctic all have an ideal season. Unless you’re a seasoned pro, we recommend enlisting the help of a guide. This will not only help ensure your ultimate enjoyment and well-being, their first-hand knowledge is sure to enhance your experience.