Canada’s Arctic Inuit Territory
Nunavut is the Inuktitut word for “our land” and is Canada’s newest formed territory (1st April 1999). With little more than 30,000 residents in an area larger than Mexico, Nunavut is one of the most sparsely populated areas in the world and one of the most exotic. Home to the extraordinary Inuit people, Nunavut stretches right up to the North Pole, and is an arctic wilderness made up of vast tundra, towering fjords and hundreds of islands connected only by ice. Depending on what region you are in, you can see unique wildlife such as polar bears, walrus, musk-oxen, beluga whales and even the infamous narwhal, known for its unicorn-like tusk.
On southern Baffin Island lies the capital city of Iqaluit with a population of only 7,000. In the spring and summer you’ll experience 20 hours of sunlight per day, with temperatures ranging from –15 degrees to +15 degrees (Celsius), depending when you visit.