You should come here. (Bring your friends.)

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There has always been an Arctic— a landscape of glaciers, which carved its mountains and plains, of char who swim its icy rivers, of polar bears who hunt in the sea-ice, of lichens that find sustenance where nothing else will grow, and of people, for whom the this ever-changing ecology has always been home.

But there is also an arctic that lives in the mind of those who have not yet been.

Perhaps it’s an image of windswept tundra, or stoic-looking cliffs, alive with colonies of seabirds that has shaped this sense of wonder. Or a curiosity, for what it might mean to engage with the people living in communities across the arctic. All of it a story, not yet complete, about how it would feel to be in this powerful and surprising place.

Whether it’s hiking or trekking, kayaking or dogsledding, boat touring or snowmobiling, listening or chatting, a journey in the arctic will reward in unexpected ways.

It is not so much what we see, but what we feel, standing on the edge of land-fast sea-ice, the Arctic Ocean before us, that changes our perspective on the world.

It is sometimes best to learn through the soles of our feet, and there is no substitute for walking through wildflowers of Saxifrage and Draba, or for looking up, to watch the Aurora Borealis dance in a sky full of stars. There is no replacement for that moment of connection, with a guide or a new friend met along the way, which stays with us years later.

There are ideas, concepts, trends and theories reported about the arctic everyday. But making the trip, experiencing the people, travelling the land, seeing the wildlife— these are what fill us with reverence and awe, kindness and warmth, humility and sense of achievement. The arctic is a lived experience, one that can’t be appreciated, until you’ve been.

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Welcome to Nunavut

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Awe-thentic Wildlife

Get unparalleled access to Arctic wildlife.

You can plan your animal exploration with our expert outfitters
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Flora

The barren land grows beautiful things.

Nunavut is home to some of the most beautiful and resilient plant life in the world. As the spring snow thaws, you immediately see the explosion of plants and flowers that signals the arrival of Arctic summer. The sights and smells will fill you with hope and wonder.
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Country Foods

A taste of the Arctic

Country food is like a well-kept secret of the Inuit, rarely found on menus in Nunavut other than caribou and char. As a culinary traveler and enthusiast, it was a main point of interest for me that I wanted to uncover.
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The Spirit of our People

The Spirit of the Arctic lives within us

Nunavut is a place with modern people living modern lives in an ancient environment - the Arctic - that offers the same challenges it has for centuries. It a place that combines 21st century ideas, technology and society with the mindset and pace that Inuit have always adapted to suit the challenges that the environment around them has posed.
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The Northwest Passage

An Adventure In History — Explore the Northwest Passage

For many visitors, a trip to Nunavut exploring the Northwest Passage and the land, cultures and people who live here will be an adventure into history but for others it will be the trip of a lifetime that leads to a different place and time.
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An outsider looking in

An outsider looking in

I came to Nunavut in 2015 for an experience, simply due to a cooking job. The territory interested me I suppose, but can’t say I ever put much thought into visiting. While work brought me to Nunavut, I returned for many other reasons.
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There has always been an Arctic

There has always been an Arctic

A landscape of glaciers, which carved its mountains and plains, of char who swim its icy rivers, of polar bears who hunt in the sea-ice, of lichens that find sustenance where nothing else will grow, and of people, for whom the this ever-changing ecology has always been home.
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Inuksuit

Standing stones. Cairns. Rock figures. Inuksuks are everywhere and mean everything in the Arctic.

Inuksuit are the signposts of the Arctic – one with the land, timeless markers of the places, the wildlife and the Inuit. Silent messengers for eternity – like the sun, the moon and the stars.
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Inuit Art

Inuit Art

Art has always been an avenue for universally expressing complex ideas without the need to understand spoken language. The most popular mediums of Inuit creative expression are globally recognized as fine art. Stone, bone, and ivory carving, print making and fibre arts are the most widely practiced art forms among Inuit and these first gained international renown during the mid-century, the 1950s and 1960s.
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Bird Sanctuaries

Bird Sanctuaries

Nunavut represents nearly 20% of Canada’s landmass, and it is no wonder that there are many conservation areas, sanctuaries and parks in our territory. These spectacular areas are home to a diverse number of animals and ecosystems and represent the desire of Nunavummiut and Canadians to protect our fragile Arctic environment.
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Parks & Special Places

Parks & Special Places

Nunavut’s parks and special places can delight and fill visitors with wonder. There are several national and territorial Parks – including the largest National Park in Canada, Quttinirpaaq, near Resolute Bay. While some of these parks are accessible for self-accessed day trips (Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park, Inujjaruvik Territorial Park) most will depend on a guide or a well planned trip to access. Nunavut’s special place includes wildlife sanctuaries and heritage rivers. Many of the operators can advise on the best trip for visitors.
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What Exactly is the Floe Edge?

What Exactly is the Floe Edge?

What is it?
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5 Things To Do In Kinngait

5 Things To Do In Kinngait

You may have heard of the Nunavut community “Cape Dorset”, but we bet you haven’t heard of Kinngait.
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How To Make Bannock

How To Make Bannock

Bannock is a common food amongst First Nation, Metis, and Inuit groups across Canada. While everyone has their own take on the traditional recipe, however you make it, bannock is the ultimate comfort food.    
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13 Facts You Didn't Know About Polar Bears

13 Facts You Didn't Know About Polar Bears

From nature documentary to a cola bottle, the polar bear is an iconic animal. But how much do you really know about the polar bear? Is it really as big as the rumors say?
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13 Facts You Didn't Know About Nunavut

13 Facts You Didn't Know About Nunavut

We may be the newest territory (and we can admit it, the most difficult to reach), but there is a lot that makes Nunavut an amazing place to visit.
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5 Things To Do In Pond Inlet

5 Things To Do In Pond Inlet

Pond Inlet has many names. It is referred to as “Mittimatalik”, named after an ancient person who is presumed to be laid to rest here. But it’s nickname is “The Jewel of the North”.
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5 Nunavut Hikes You Need To Know About

5 Nunavut Hikes You Need To Know About

For a territory whose people were nomadic for centuries, we know our hikes. And to boast one of the most remote and beautiful geographies on the planet, Nunavut hikes guarantee adventure like no other.
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13 Travel Photos You're Not Going to Get Anywhere Else

13 Travel Photos You're Not Going to Get Anywhere Else

Travelling to Nunavut means taking great photos wherever you go.
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5 Things to do in Rankin Inlet

Discover the year-round potential for adventure in Rankin Inlet

When imaging your adventure to Nunavut, the first things that come to your mind are probably the typical Northern activities - dog sledding,
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A Land of Legendary Monsters

Shape-shifters. Child-snatchers. Tickle monsters.

Legends abound in Inuit mythology with a cast of frightening characters that prey on those who exhibit mischievous, careless, reckless or selfish behaviour on the land. Victims are often cautionary tales, as lessons of how not to behave.
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Lost in the Ice - History of the Franklin Expedition

Lost in the Ice - History of the Franklin Expedition

In 1845, Sir John Franklin’s journey to complete the Northwest Passage with two of the most well-provisioned and technologically advan
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Watch: Inuit Legends Come to Life

Watch: Inuit Legends Come to Life

Around the lit qulliq, in the warmth and comfort of the
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Our Top 10 Favourite Photos of the Northern Lights

Our Top 10 Favourite Photos of the Northern Lights

Witnessing the amazing northern lights of Nunavut is not a rare occurrence, but being able to capture their resplendent beauty in a picture is a little more difficult.
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