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Nunavut is one of Canada’s most geographically stunning and least accessible territories. At more than 800,000 square miles, its treeless terrain stretches from the southern Belcher Islands in the Hudson Bay to 83 degrees north, fully a fifth of Canada’s land mass. Jagged peaks, big, old glaciers, meandering rivers, lakes and passages galore and large polar islands fill the territory. Nunavut has more caribou than people. Towns act as anchor points for remote adventures in this widespread land. Careful planning can have visitors on the edge of ice floes to see narwhals or polar bears, hiking glacial carved valleys in remote parks, paddling ...

Nunavut is one of Canada’s most geographically stunning and least accessible territories. At more than 800,000 square miles, its treeless terrain stretches from the southern Belcher Islands in the Hudson Bay to 83 degrees north, fully a fifth of Canada’s land mass. Jagged peaks, big, old glaciers, meandering rivers, lakes and passages galore and large polar islands fill the territory. Nunavut has more caribou than people. Towns act as anchor points for remote adventures in this widespread land. Careful planning can have visitors on the edge of ice floes to see narwhals or polar bears, hiking glacial carved valleys in remote parks, paddling wilderness rivers or stalking muskox. Although a paradise for active outdoorspeople and wildlife enthusiasts, Nunavut also offers experiences and centers to learn about Inuit culture, European history and Inuit art and music.

Catherine Senecal
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Catherine Senecal is the author of Pelicans to Polar Bears, a wildlife viewing guide to Manitoba, and has written about Alberta, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and other places for Michelin Guides, Rand McNally, and Reader’s Digest Atlas.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Nunavut is the northernmost federal territory in Canada, newly separated from the Northwest Territories since 1999. It comprises most of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and is the fifth-largest country subdivision in the world.
  • Language: Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English, French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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