Nunavut in detail


Dangers & Annoyances

Apart from predatory wildlife – bears, plus also the most voracious, hardy mosquitoes you'll ever encounter, who laugh at any insect repellent with less than 50% DEET – there are also the relentless clouds of dust churned up by vehicles on Nunavut's unpaved roads during warmer months.

Polar Bears

Polar bears aren't just on Nunavut's license plates. Nanuq (the Inuit name) is an inveterate wanderer and can turn up just about anywhere, at any time of year. Worse, unlike grizzlies and black bears, they actively prey on people. Enquire about sightings before trudging out of town or venturing into national parks, or use a local guide.


As of October 2018, cannabis for recreational use is legal in Nunavut.

  • You must be 19 years or older
  • You may only buy from licensed retailers
  • You may only carry up to 30 grams
  • You may use in public, but not in the vicinity of schools, hospitals, health centers or public health offices
  • You may not drive impaired

Tourist Information

Nunavut Parks Info on Nunavut's territorial parks.

Nunavut Tourism A comprehensive directory of all things Nunavut, with plenty of brochures on attractions.

Parks Canada Info on Nunavut's national parks.

Up Here ( Excellent magazine covering Canada's far north. There's also Up Here Business that focuses more on the economic and technological development of the north.


Bell and Telus provide cell phone coverage for the region.