Intro to Nunavut hotels and accommodations
Hotels in Nunavut
Nunavut communities offer a variety of accommodations including hotels, inns, and licensed bed & breakfasts. Larger Hotels in Nunavut can be found in the major centres such as Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, and Cambridge Bay and some come complete with conference facilities and restaurants. In Iqaluit, the Hotel Arctic, Capital Suites Iqaluit, and the Frobisher Inn, are all excellent Nunavut hotels. The Frobisher Inn offers a nightclub, free airport shuttle, and even a fitness centre. The Hotel Arctic boasts easy access to the Unikkaarvik Visitor Centre, St. Jude’s Anglican Cathedral, and the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum. Alternatively, while visitors travel in Nunavut, they can find more modest accommodations such as wilderness lodges or campgrounds which are equipped with tent pads, fire pits, and outhouse facilities.
Things to see in Nunavut
One of the best ways you can see wildlife in Nunavut is by taking a floe edge (‘sinaaq’) tour in the spring. Your experienced guide will take you onto a large drifting ice floe as it floats past incredible mountain scenery and diverse wildlife. Lakes and rivers also thaw in the late spring, allowing for canoeing and kayaking adventures on famous rivers such as the Coppermine River, the Soper Heritage River, the Kazan River, and the Thelon River. Alternatively, you can take a deluxe ice-breaker cruise in the summer months through the Northwest Passage, the High Arctic, and Baffin Island.
Where to stay in Nunavut
Nunavut is composed of many communities and its largest community, Iqaluit, only has 7,000 residents. Visits to these 25 sparsely populated communities during the winter are possible only by air, until the spring and summer months when travel by boat is common. In Iqaluit, you’ll see the impressive Nunavut Legislative Assembly Building, which stands in stark contrast to the functional architecture of the rest of the habitations. Inuit art adorns the interior gorgeously. St. Jude’s Anglican Cathedral is another beautiful building shaped like a giant igloo. The annual spring festival, Toonik Tyme, is an excellent way to experience traditional Inuit activities.
How to get to Nunavut
Since there are no highways that connect Nunavut to the rest of Canada, travelling to Nunavut is possible only by air and sea. Travel between Nunavut communities is usually accomplished by aircraft or cruise ship, but in some cases snowmobiles, dog sleds, or powerboats can also be utilized to help you reach from one location to another. The communities of Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, and Cambridge Bay have airports that accept international flights from around the world. From within Canada, you can fly to these communities from Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, Churchill, Edmonton, Calgary, and Yellowknife.