Dramatic coastlines, Arctic wildlife, and Inuit culture await you in Canada’s newest territory of Nunavut. Established in 1999, Nunavut is the largest territory in the country and represents Canada’s true Arctic. Although it’s the largest territory in the area, Nunavut is also the least populated in Canada with only about 35,000 people, mostly of Inuit descent.
On our Nunavut guided tours, backpack the world's most remote areas, spot mythical narwhals, and cruise through the fabled Northwest Passage. If you thought that the great age of exploration on Earth was over, wait until you see the vastness of Nunavut. Shall we explore the world again?
Below find our Nunavut vacation packages grouped by activity.
What Travelers Ask About Nunavut?
October to April are the best months for aurora viewing in Nunavut, providing the clearest skies. If you want to avoid the freezing cold, consider traveling in early spring or fall when the weather is milder and the lights are still very active.
During the winter months, the temperature ranges from -10 °C (14°F) to -35°C (-31°F). The coldest place in Nunavut is Grise Fiord, where the winter temperature can go as low as -50°C (-58°F).
Though most of the territory is frozen and snow-covered most of the year, summers in Nunavut can be surprisingly mild. In the warmest regions, the temperature can jump to as high as 30°C (86°F). However, such hot days are rather a rarity than the norm. Average summer temperatures range from 10°C (50°F) to 20°C (68°F).
Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the rise of Inuit political awareness paved the way towards self-government. Thanks to political organization and effort, Nunavut successfully addressed land claims and split from the Northwest Territories in 1999. Thus Nunavut became Canada’s largest and newest territory.
Nunavut is one of the most sparsely populated territories on Earth with a population of just 35,944 according to the 2016 Canada Census.
Living on the top of the world is everything but ordinary. Nunavut communities are not connected by roads, meaning locals travel by plane or boat. As you might imagine, getting food transported to the Arctic is not an easy task. In summer, a sealift brings supplies for the whole year. The same holds true for oil supply, as an oil tanker comes only once a year. While some homes have piped water, smaller communities rely on daily water deliveries by a water truck.
It might come as a surprise, but Iqaluit, Nunavut’s capital city, has Tim Hortons, an iconic Canadian coffee and doughnut chain.
No, the territory's 26 communities are not connected by roads. The main means of transportation are aircraft, boats, snowmobiles, and all-terrain vehicles.