Advice for Visitors to Canada
A Vacation in Nunavut
The thrill of a vacation in Nunavut is one of the world's best kept secrets
- a unique experience. It is a place where you will find amazing wildlife,
untouched landscape and ancient traditions. A journey to the Canadian
Arctic will allow you the opportunity to observe polar bears and whales,
try dog sledding, and watch the Northern Lights illuminate the sky.
became the largest and newest territory in Canada in 1999 due to 20 years
of negotiations by the Inuit people who make up roughly 80 percent of
the population. The territory is massive, quiet and breathtaking - no
mass development causing disturbances in nature.
Weather in Nunavut
Even if you take a vacation in Nunavut in the summer, it is important
to pack warm clothes because the temperature can suddenly drop without
warning. Due to the territory's vast size, there are extreme variations
in the weather. Winters can be severe, with an average temperature of
-31 degrees Fahrenheit, while summers tend to be a mild 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
In the winter, you will need polar-temperature gear, waterproof and windproof
clothing, warm gloves, hats and molded, weatherproof boots and shoes.
During the summer, light clothes are appropriate but it is advisable to
wear layers in order to accommodate sudden weather changes. Protective
lotion and sunglasses are recommended year round.
Some areas of the territory can be hazardous when strong winds occur,
especially in combination with low temperatures. Visitors should take
weather warnings very seriously.
Nunavut’s entire territory holds a mere population of approximately
30,000 people (80% Inuit). The cities are better defined as large communities
of generous and welcoming people.
- Iqaluit – As the capital of the territory
and Nunavut’s largest urban community, it is a “must-see”.
Here you will find historic parks and ancient artifacts. Its springtime
festival offers snowmobile and dog sled races, igloo building contests
and scavenger hunts.
- Rankin Inlet – With a population of less than
3,000, this is Nunavut's second most inhabited community, and the world's
most recognized supplier of Inuit fine arts. Archeological sites attract
history buffs, and beautiful parks beckon tourists who like to canoe,
fish and hunt.
- Arviat – Tourism is active here due to an abundance
of wildlife. Visitors can observe various species in their natural environment;
animals such as polar bears, caribou, beluga whales and migratory birds
are common to the area. The community is known for its many talented
It is recommended to take a vacation in Nunavut as part of a
tour, or at least with a well experienced guide. Due to the area's untouched
wilderness, sparse population and unpredictable weather, solo travelers
should always stay in contact with Nunavut Tourism for advice, information,
and updates on weather reports.
Most people traveling to Nunavut are looking for an outdoor adventure,
and they are never disappointed. Below are just a few reasons to visit
this exhilarating region of Canada.
- Canoeing – There are exceptional canoe expeditions
that operate in protected areas where you will see caribou, musk-ox,
and occasionally, a grizzly. There are numerous bays and inlets to explore;
however, a tour or a local guide is advisable, even for the highly experienced.
- Kayaking – This water activity is a huge part
of the Inuit heritage. You can silently drift past walrus herds, touch
massive icebergs and explore Sirmilik National Park's unspoiled natural
- Floe Edge – Between April and July, this spot
is the most dynamic place in the world to be. At this time of year,
the retreating ice meets the sea, allowing you to walk along the edge.
Whales swim right off-shore and seals bask in the sun.
- Camping and Hiking – Set up camp amongst caribou
and bird sanctuaries, and then spend your days backpacking in the wilderness.
Auyuittuq National park on Baffin Island is considered a world-class
destination for individuals who enjoy hiking.
- Bird Watching – Wherever your vacation in Nunavut
takes you, birds will surround you. Millions of birds travel to this
region at the beginning of June, and you can often see 50,000 birds
nesting together, in one area. There are 11 bird sanctuaries, home to
loons, sand-hill cranes, snowy owls, gyrfalcons and plovers. Nunavut
is the best bird watching location in the world.
- Dog Sledding – There are many winter dog sledding
tours that take you to see glaciers, mountains, icebergs and an abundance
of wildlife. Some tours include spending a night in an igloo.
- Shopping – Nunavut is not only an adventure
in nature, but also a unique shopping trip. Almost all communities specialize
in art and handicrafts that are exceptional, yet reasonably priced;
however, be prepared to pay high shipping costs. It is money well spent!
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About the Author
Johnny Mangiante is an online journalist. He is also the editor and webmaster
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