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The Canadian Arctic offers travellers a variety of experiences from mind blowing wildlife sightings, to exploring small Inuit communities to watching the Aurora Borealis dance across the night skies. It is ideal for those seeking to experience the vastness and purity of glacier-topped mountains, jagged coastlines and majestic wildlife.

Travellers to the Canadian Arctic will be treated to wildlife sightings including the arctic wolf, hare and fox. Polar bears can be seen hunting for marine life from the ice, and an abundance of marine life such as seals, walrus, narwhals and beluga whales. Meet the locals of Inuit communities (some only accessible by sea or air) and learn all about their way of life with art, culture and whaling.

Baffin Island
Located between Greenland and the Canadian mainland in the territory of Nunavut, Baffin Island is the fifth largest island in the world and home to spectacular wildlife, enormous glaciers, stunning fjords and small coastal Inuit communities.

Northwest Passage
A sea route which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through the Canadian Arctic it is a fascinating waterway not frequently explored. It is a stunning area suited to those seeking true Arctic exploration with opportunities to visit Inuit communities and dig into the history of past explorers.

Beechy Island
A small island which is actually a peninsula connected to the larger Devon Island and a Canadian National Historical Site, best known for the lonely graves of past explorers on a desolate rocky beach. The bare windswept landscape is a popular landing site for Arctic expeditions.

Resolute
Also known as Resolute Bay, it is an small Inuit hamlet on Cornwallis Island and one of Canada’s northernmost communities. The many small islands and arctic waters are home to nesting birds and large migrating pods of Beluga Whales, along with Polar Bears frequenting the community and surrounding area!

Axel Heiberg Island
An uninhabited island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada, it is one of the least visited islands in the world approximately 1200km from the North Pole. Journeys here are limited and suited to those wishing to visit Canada’s most northerly islands.

The Canadian Arctic is generally explored between May to September when the ice has melted, making it easier to access remote places.

Best time to see:-
Polar Bears: July/August Polar Bear Mothers & newborn cubs: March
Polar Bear Migration: Oct, Nov
Narwhal, Ring Seals, Migratory Birds: Late May, June, July
Walrus: Late Jun, July
Bowhead Whales: Late May, June, July
Belugas: June, July
Caribou Migration Autumn: Early September
Caribou Migration Spring: May
Northern Lights: March, Early April

Currency
Canadian dollar

Language
English, French, Inuit languages

Why we love it
Outdoor activities, a plethora of flora and fauna, and a truly unique blend of cultures awaits you in Northern Canada. Catch a glimpse of the spectacular aurora borealis, see black bears and grizzlies in the wild, and be awe-struck by the incredible mountainous landscape. Much of Northern Canada – including all of Nunavut – is only accessible by sea or air, resulting in many areas of untouched wilderness just waiting to be explored.

Weather
For over half of the year, the majority of Northern Canada is covered in ice and snow, with temperatures usually remaining sub-zero from October to May. The coldest months can average -29ºC to -34ºC and the short summers tend to average 7.2ºC but can occasionally reach 19ºC. In other words, don’t forget to pack the winter woolies!

Social customs & quirks
Because of the remoteness of so many of the communities in the Canadian Arctic, many of the Inuit people acquire their food primarily by hunting. Many northern foods such as raw seal meat, Arctic char, and caribou meat can be bought from local hunters and cooked.

In many places in Nunavut there are bylaws that prohibit all alcohol, due to high rates of addiction in many places. It is not recommended to bring any alcohol into an officially “dry” community. In other communities, local bars are permitted to operate.

Festivals & events
A huge range of festivals and other events are held in Northern Canada, with many of them making the most of the area’s exceptionally long days during summer. From sporting events such as the Midnight Sun Golf Classic in Yellowknife, to traditional Inuit celebrations, a variety of musical events, and much more, there’s something for everyone.

Canada Day is celebrated on the first of July, signifying the day when Canada became a Dominion (rather than a British colony). Canadians also celebrate Thanksgiving at the same time as the neighbouring United States, although in Canada the day is celebrated as a harvest festival and doesn’t have anything to do with Columbus and the pilgrims.

Health*
There are currently no health requirements for entering Canada.

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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Best of the Western Arctic: Canada and Greenland

Canada, Canadian Arctic, European Arctic, Greenland, Iceland 20 Days / 19 Nights Roundtrip from Toronto, Canada 14 September 2021
With Quark Expeditions

Venture far above the Arctic Circle, in a land where the sun never sets and polar bears roam, with the Best of the Western...

Narwhal & Polar Bear Safari
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Canada, Canadian Arctic 8 Days / 7 Nights Roundtrip from Ottawa
Small group departure with expedition leader and Inuit guide

Experience the classic spring floe edge where you may have the opportunity to view polar bears, narwhal and icebergs under the Midnight Sun. Travel...

Northwest Passage: Epic High Arctic
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Canadian Arctic, Greenland 17 Days / 16 Nights
Cruise with Quark Expeditions

Book by 30 Nov 2020 to save up to 25% on 2022 departures!

The fabled sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Northwest Passage continues to grip our collective imagination. On this captivating Quark Expeditions...

Polar Bear Migration Fly-In Photo Safari

Canada, Canadian Arctic 8 Days / 7 Nights Roundtrip Winnipeg
Small group departure with expedition leader and Inuit guide

Safely see polar bears up-close on this exclusive viewing and photography experience. This safari is specially designed to get you as close to one...

Polar Bears and Glaciers of Baffin Island

Canada, Canadian Arctic 7 Days / 6 Nights Roundtrip Ottawa
Small group departure with expedition leader and Inuit guide

See majestic polar bears swimming amongst icebergs and possibly even bowhead whales, up close and in their wild, unspoiled natural habitat. Experience the long...

Spring Polar bears & Icebergs of Baffin

Canada, Canadian Arctic 9 Days / 8 Nights Roundtrip Ottawa
Small group departure with expedition leader and Inuit guide

The most incredible spot in the world to view polar bears is amidst the icebergs on Baffin Island, Nunavut.

This epic photo safari brings you...