Nunavut is a place like no other; this cold and beautiful land has traditionally been and still is inhabited by the Inuit people. If you're looking for genuine experiences that can't be duplicated just anywhere, consider making a visit to Canada's newest and largest territory. Nunavut separated from the Northwest Territories in 1999, creating a new territory that's roughly the same size as Greenland. Encompassing the Hudson Bay, Baffin Island, and vast stretches of polar desert, this territory lies in Canada's northernmost reaches.
When you're planning to visit Nunavut Canada, you'll have to look into air travel. This remote province is not serviced by ferries or trains, and no paved roads wind through Nunavut except for the one between Nanisivik and Arctic Bay. However, air service is regularly available from the major Canadian cities, including Edmonton, Alberta, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Service is also available from Montreal as well as Canada's capital city, Ottawa, Ontario. Even thought it's most definitely off the beaten path, you will find tourism resources and businesses that can provide you with a good meal or a good place to stay. Wilderness lodges in the remote regions and hotels in the more populated cities all welcome visitors and provide tourism guidance.
The majority of flights and vacations take place in the spring and summer, which is the best time to visit Nunavut Canada. Unless you're a skilled polar explorer, you'll have a much more enjoyable and safer visit is you visit between March and the first freeze in October. It's still chilly during this time of the year. Because this land is technically a polar desert, the rock-bottom humidity makes it more comfortable. Plus eighteen hours of daily summer sunshine can help make things seem even warm. Sunblock is an essential element for a Nunavut vacation, just as much as a good coat is.
In the springtime, you'll still have the chance to enjoy outdoor adventure as the ice is melting. Visitors rave about the wide-open stretches of snowy tundras, perfect for cross-country skiing. Snowmobiling is another popular activity during the thaw, as are fishing tournaments and tours of the ice floes.
A menagerie of wildlife tends to congregate where the ice meets the open water. Animals that you've only seen in nature shows will be easy to spot, including seals, polar bears, and bowhead whales. Narwhal whales, whales with long horns much like unicorn horns, congregate in the fjords and inlets around Baffin Island.
Helicopter tours can bring you to remote lakes and rivers that redefine the word pristine. If you want to experience a memorable outing, consider booking one of the guided dogsled trips. With an Inuit guide, you travel along on a qamutik (a traditional sled). Overnight trips are even more memorable with the northern lights are undulating in the skies above.
Once the weather warms up and days get really long, the list of available outdoor adventures opens up to include kayaking and canoeing. Nearly half of Canada's entire coastline is contained within this territory north of Ontario, with miles and miles of twisting lakes, meandering rivers, and pristine bodies of water that feel miles away from the ordinary.
Hiking is another sustainable way of exploring this vast landscape. Whether you're planning to spend time exploring Auyuittuq National Park or trekking to the Northwest Passage, you'll be hiking across the rocky tundra of Nunavut in the shadow of glaciers. Baffin Island offers up challenging climbing experiences, while the Sam Fjord draws those up for the exhilaration of free climbing. If the conditions are just right, visitors can make the flight to a town called Resolute, on Cornwallis Island, which happens to be the launching point for brief flights to the North Pole.
While outdoor adventure is one of the major draws to Nunavut Canada, it's not the only available experience. Visitors will find authentic experiences as they connect to heritage, culture, and art of the Inuit people and other residents.
In the community of Baker Lake, you can shop for handmade wall hangings and carvings, besides watching art being made. The West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative in Cape Dorset has been declared the birthplace of Inuit art, specially known for its soapstone sculptures. The people of of the past can be discovered at archaeological sites in Repulse Bay and Igloolik. All throughout Nunavut, you'll find places to connect with the culture and history you won't find anywhere else.