Alternative travel methods to Nunavut?
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Mar 30, 2012 8:02 PM Last Post By: amyfkp
Mar 13, 2012 6:21 PM
Alternative travel methods to Nunavut?Writing from Ottawa at the moment. I was curious on the cheapest way one could travel northbound into Nunavut and the Canadian arctic. Plane flights to Iqaluit and elsewhere are too pricey. Is it possible to take a fishing vessel or cargo ship from any seaport in Labrador to Iqaluit? Another question, can alternate methods of transport be found from Churchill, Manitoba towards the villages along the Hudson Bay and northern coast (e.g. supply ship to Repulse Bay)? Also is camping allowed on the outskirts of Iqaluit? I know the danger of polar bears, this wouldn't be the case for Churchill.
Mar 14, 2012 8:49 AM
Not in Nunavut, but you can drive to a lot of Yukon and some of NWT. There is no public transportation like bus or train to most communities in those territories, but it is possible to hitch or share rides.
Unless you are somebody like an idiot called busman who used to post here. He chose to miss it all by flying over everything while complaining about lack of bus service, while refusing to take the obvious alternatives.
Mar 14, 2012 8:55 AM
2One of the great deals in flying in Canada is using Aeroplan or airmiles points to go to Iqaluit. You can use minimum points getting from the West there, and often you can get stopovers in places like Rankin Inlet for free or cheap. You should check for flights from Ottawa, if you are part of loyalty programs you might catch a break. Note that accomodation in tiny communities can be really, really expensive with no options at all.
Mar 14, 2012 9:59 AM
3You can canoe to many parts of mainland Nunavut from northern Saskatchewan, or Great Slave Lake if you have 30-50 days to do so. I've done it a few times and is the cheapest way to get to a Nunavut community. Although you still end up paying for a 1-way ticket back south.
There is a twice yearly barge that runs the route from Churchill hopping to the communities along the coast, however it's freight only.
There are also many fascinating & still remote native communities outside Nunavut that could be more accessible (depending on if that's what you're looking for).
Mar 14, 2012 1:02 PM
Mar 14, 2012 5:51 PM
5Sorry to say but via churchill you can fly to communities on hudson bay, but it costs a lot. As far as I know, Omnitrax in churchill does operate spring/summer sealifts from churchill but they are strictly for shipping goods. Have you tried looking for airfare departing from montreal? it should be cheaper. Or try looking for Calgary-Yellowknife then yellowknife-???? maybe that would work.
Mar 14, 2012 6:53 PM
Mar 15, 2012 8:17 AM
Mar 15, 2012 11:30 PM
Mar 16, 2012 1:22 AM
Mar 16, 2012 1:52 AM
10OP sez, "I was curious on the cheapest way one could travel northbound into Nunavut and the Canadian arctic."
You sez, "I took the train to Churchill, awhile ago."
I sez, "Churchill is not the arctic."
Connect the dots, or not.
Mar 16, 2012 1:58 AM
Mar 18, 2012 3:50 PM
12"I know the danger of polar bears, this wouldn't be the case for Churchill. "
Isn't Churchill where everyone goes to see the Polar Bears? And where they have a polar bear jail? I'm sure I saw something like that on television.
Mar 18, 2012 6:37 PM
13"I know the danger of polar bears, this wouldn't be the case for Churchill. "
Churchill has a very large polar bear population in August-November and sometimes in the spring.... One of my professors had a close encounter with one this past fall.... it is also the main tourist draw... Also churchill is technically part of the arctic due to its topography but thats just splitting hairs.
Mar 19, 2012 12:22 PM
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