Canada Travel Guide - Nunavut
Nunavut Travel Guide
Blazing, white plains of the Tundra circled by year round snow capped mountain tops coat the land of the high arctic in a province known as Nunavut. Under the long summer sunlit days environmentally conscious groups give some of the rarest tours, such as dog sled or snowmobile, to view polar bears, whales, and muskoxen. This untamed wild land is immersed in darkness for six months out of the year (arctic winter), so seeking the ever moving (floating) polar ice packs to make a North Pole expedition (which equates to that of climbing Mt. Everest) comes only during a small window of the year. Adventure, in these parts of Canada, most certainly calls for appropriate attire and good planning. The great rivers of central arctic and rapids stand among some of the most challenging canoeing in the world. Surveying the landscape, visitors find unparalleled ice and mountain hiking that require great skill. Such mammoth outdoor adventures have put Nunavut on the map as a expedition wonderland! Nunavut is the original home to the Inuit culture, a determined and weather-hardened aboriginal group, which, centuries ago, mastered techniques of arctic survival, hunting, and learned to honor and respect the land. Visitors are welcome to take a glimpse into their traditional way of life; caribou-hide clothing, ice houses / arctic tee-pees, skills, language, drumming, stories, and dance. Rare ancient Thule villages, where visitors will find rings of large stones, semi-subterranean houses, and whale structure bases that were assembled over thousand years ago, are a thrill to archaeological enthusiasts. It could easily be said there is nothing common about the culture, landscape, villages, tours or the big white outdoor land-life (rather than wildlife) in Nunavut, which the residents have cultivated into some extremely rare sightseeing. Being in Nunavut, even for a short time, everyone quickly becomes accustomed to being out-on-the-land and learning to understand its gifts, its extremes, and its majestic wonder.