Hiking & Camping


Ancient paths worn smooth by generations of migrating caribou. Centuries old stone circles that mark the traditional campsites of our ancestors. Nomadic hiking and camping was our way of life in Nunavut for generations and still today has special, precise and deep cultural connections to the land and our heritage. Using animal skin tents (ittaq in Inuktitut) in summer or the ingenious igloo in winter - or now the modern and practical canvas tent (tupiq), the tradition continues for Inuit and visitors alike. Going “on the land” as Nunavummiut refer to camping is often motivated by berry picking, fishing or hunting. Regardless of the reason to camp, being on the land is a connection Inuit celebrate. 

Trekkers and campers are free to pitch their tents almost anywhere in Nunavut and some communities and parks have special designated campgrounds with limited facilities. Local experts know the best trails, pathways and campsites - chosen long ago for shelter, fresh water, fishing spots or views of polar wildlife. Welcome to our land and your adventure - hike it, camp it and enjoy it as the Inuit have for over 4000 years.

Experiences and Locales

Summer hiking and camping experiences include the migratory bird wetlands of Polar Bear Pass near Resolute; along the shores of Whale Cove for sightings of beluga whales; through wondrous Akshayuk Pass in the mountains of Auyuittuq National Park featuring magnificent Mount Thor and the world’s tallest vertical cliff face at 1,250 metres (4,101 feet) near Pangnirtung.

Hikers should also visit Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park near Iqaluit, and the communities of Baker Lake, Rankin Inlet and Chesterfield Inlet with nearby caribou paths and calving grounds. 

On Victoria Island in and around Cambridge Bay you’ll find abundant bird habitats, astounding Arctic shorelines, local fishing spots and important archeological sites. Another historical hike in the paths of the Arctic explorers Amundsen and Franklin runs through the Northwest Passage Historical Park near the community of Gjoa Haven.

For more adventurous winter igloo-camping you will need expert local guides or outfitters to ensure you can hike and camp out safely near any community in Nunavut and share their winter shelter building knowledge. 

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You have to see it for yourself, how the awesome vistas extend past the frame of what is represented in photos and videos. Hear authentic voices tell their stories first hand. Define your experience through direct perception, undergo a transformation through observing, encountering and participating first hand in the Spirit of the Arctic.

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What's on your travel bucket list? Experience the rare and unique arctic wildlife. Take a ride on a dog sled across ancient Inuit hunting trails. Witness centuries-old traditions in modern time. All of this is possible in Nunavut.