Nunavut is a massive, sparsely populated territory of northern Canada, forming most of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Its islands have expanses of tundra, craggy mountains and remote villages, accessible only by plane or boat. It’s known for its indigenous Inuit people’s artwork, carvings and handmade clothing. Inuit art is displayed at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum in the capital, Iqaluit, on Baffin Island.
Just west of Iqaluit, Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park is a popular summertime fishing spot. North of Iqaluit, Auyuittuq National Park of Canada is defined by dramatic cliffs and glacier-topped peaks popular with rock climbers and hikers. In the far north, Bathurst Island’s Polar Bear Pass National Wildlife Area is home to over 50 species of birds, plus Arctic foxes, wolves and transient polar bears. In summer, boat tours cruise through the Northwest Passage to remote towns. Other activities include dog sledding, snowmobiling, and kayaking in waterways with ice floes and walrus.
When to visit
Nunavut has a cold polar climate. May–Oct, the peak travel season, has cool weather. Areas north of the Arctic Circle have 24-hour sunlight in the weeks around the summer solstice (Jun). Key events include the Alianait Arts Festival (Iqaluit, Jun–Jul), celebrating traditional Inuit culture alongside musicians from across Canada and beyond. Nov–Apr is extremely cold, with little sunshine. The vibrant Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), in the night skies above, can be seen Sep–Mar.