Province/Territory: Nunavut

Narwhals & Polar Bears at World’s End

  • 03-m-long narwhal tusks
  • 600 kg polar bears
  • 72 degrees north

Journey to the northern reaches of Nunavut—traditional home of the Inuit, as well as polar bears, beluga whales, seabirds, Greenland sharks and the fascinating narwhal. Travel by qamotiq (kamoo-tik)—an Inuit sled pulled via snowmobile—across an otherworldly environment of cobalt-blue glaciers, craggy cliffs and 24-hour sunlight. Visit bird colonies of 20,000-plus kittiwakes, low-flying fulmars and king eider ducks. Hike the tundra, learning of the land from a local Inuit guide. Swim with wild narwhals and belugas. Spot roaming polar bears. Camp in comfort on an ice floe, waking each morning to fresh coffee and the huffs of passing whales.

This is a one-of-a-kind wildlife and cultural experience in the furthest reaches of Nunavut. Travel north of 70 degrees and explore world's end—the land of polar bears and narwhals.

Why you should visit
  • Observe pods of tusked narwhal—at times numbering in the hundreds—feeding and frolicking mere metres from your tent.
  • Journey to traditional Inuit hunting grounds; photograph polar bears, harp seals, bearded seals, ring seals and possibly even a walrus.
  • Hike the gentle terrain of Bylot Island to see a decommissioned whaling station, shipwreck, Inuit tent rings and blooming spring flora; view a 100-m-tall glacier-melt waterfall; photograph Arctic foxes, gyrfalcons and snowy owls.
  • Gaze at tens of thousands of seabirds nesting on high cliffs—including thick-billed murres, kittiwakes, guillemots, king elder ducks, snow geese and ivory gulls.
  • Don a drysuit and swim among curious narwhals and playful beluga whales; sea-kayak past icebergs and glacial cliffs.
  • Relax in a comfortable base-camp located near the edge of two-metre-thick sea ice; sip tea made of melt-water from ancient icebergs; dine on traditional fare, such as Arctic char.
  • Learn from an Inuit guide how his people have survived in this harshly beautiful environment for thousands of years.
  • Explore the Inuit village of Pond Inlet —viewing artefacts and shopping for one-of-a-kind souvenirs.a

Weather

Visitor information
When to go
  • Operating season typically runs from mid-May to July.
  • May sees the coldest weather but the best ice conditions.
  • Late-season trips see warmer weather but rougher ice conditions.
Need to know
Getting Here
  • Flights to Baffin Island (Pond Inlet) depart from Ottawa.
  • Travel to Pond Inlet is typically arranged through operator.
  • Travel arrangements from home departure point can be arranged through operator; find flight information to the Ottawa International Airport (YOW).
  • Nunavut is only accessible via airline travel.
  • Trip requires two overnight stays in Ottawa; extra days can be arranged through operator.