About Nunavut: The Pristine North

Nunavut is Canada’s newest territory. Home to approximately 29,000 residents it is located in the far north: everything north of 60 degrees north is Nunavut, including the Islands of Hudson Bay, James Bay and Ungava Bay that are part of the provinces of Manitoba Ontario or Quebec. Nunavut became a territory in 1992 after the Tunngavfik Federation and the Canadian Government came to an agreement regarding Inuit Land claims.   In 1999 Nunavut was officially separated from the Northwest Territories and became its own territory. 

Nunavut History 

Nunavut is unique in that its population still lives according to traditional routines and practices. In a land that has no wood for cooking, much of the food eaten is raw or smoked. Many live as their ancestors did. The first language taught in school is Inuktitut.  

Thirty percent of the population in Nunavut is involved in making traditional art and crafts. Prints, stone carving, print making and weaving, bone and – each community has its own style and art forms. Products made in Nunavut are the best in the world, unparalleled in their craftsmanship and ancient methodology. 

Nunavut Tourist Attractions and Wildlife 

Nunavut is pristine and is for wild life lovers. The area is largely untouched by humans, save for the Inuktitut who have been there for thousands of years. They have preserved the land and its wildlife, taking only what they need and not creating any garbage. The opportunity for viewing wild life in the natural habitat is unique- for nowhere else will you find northern wildlife that has not been hunted to extinction. They live in sanctuaries and are accessible by sea- kayaking tours or guided tours on foot or by snow mobile in winter. 

Some of the wildlife that live in Nunavut is: walrus, grizzly bears, and an immense variety of birds, polar bears, musk oxen, the beluga whale, caribou, narwhals and bowhead.  There are boats and guides for hire that will take you on a tour and treat you to a picnic lunch on an ice floe. There are 11 bird sanctuaries alone where you can see the snowy owl, sandhill cranes, gyrfalcons, jaegers, loons, to name just a few. 

Nunavut Regional Parks and Wildlife 

There are 24 regional parks in Nunavut. Over 2,000 people a year flock to see mountains, glaciers and polar bears musk ox, foxes, and fowl at home. These national parks are also the site of many archeological treasures that provide links to the distant past. Keep in mind these sanctuaries are very remote and not easily accessible and guides must always inform local RCMP before taking visitors on a tour. 

Nunavut Boat Tours and Nunavut Cruises 

There are cruises as well and they are luxurious.  See the fjords and whale watch from your deck.  Tour the High Arctic cruises or the South Baffin Islands. The high Arctic Cruises are actually on ice breakers. It is possible to go as far north to Ellesmere Island. Cape Baffin has a world-renowned community of artists that sell their work year-round. 

Planning your trip to Nunavut is a must. There are only a few airlines that fly there and know that everything is much more expensive there than in the rest of Canada. This is due to the fact of its remote location and supplies must be imported by air. 

Free hard copies of vacation planners are available from: info@nunavuttourism.com 

For general information go to: http://www.nunavuttourism.com