Welcome to Nunavut, an Icy Wonderland
The harsh, unrelenting and ice-encrusted landscape of Nunavut will put your strength and willpower to the test. Visitors are more likely to see polar bears, beluga whales and narwhals than people in this province, the largest and lightest populated in Canada.
Nunavut’s islands are largely uninhabited, offering a completely unspoiled look at nature. But few people can endure the province’s extreme climate, and those who can will face a multitude of other challenges.
In this untouched, harsh province, roads are non-existent and blizzards are a part of everyday life. Massive travel costs make this extreme locale a dream for most travelers.
Those who are lucky enough to see the province’s wonderous landscape with their own eyes are welcomed with open arms by local communities.
Baffin Island, the largest of Canada’s islands, sits along the eastern portion of the territory. Ellesmere Island and Queen Elizabeth Islands make up the remaining islands in Nunavut.
Nunavut’s official language is Inuktitut (about 70% of the population speaks it), followed by Inuinnaqtun, English and French.
The only way to reach Nunavut is by air – there are no roads to the this ice-capped jungle. But that’s part of the appeal of traveling to this territory, which feels like you’re standing at the edge of the earth.
Form dogsledding to camping, hiking, cruising, kayaking and fishing, there’s plenty to see and do in Nunavut despite its tiny population.
Nunavut is home to several national parks, including Auyuittuq National Park, Sirmilik National Park, Ukkusiksalik National Park and Quttinirpaaq National Park. Dozens of territorial parks and wildlife sanctuaries can be explored during your stay as well as several heritage rivers.
In one of the harshest places on earth, travelers who visit Nunavut can walk away knowing they’ve stepped foot where few others have trodden.
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