Canoeing is an ideal way to experience its majestic landscape and wildlife.

Guided by local experts, with added safety in groups, unforgettable paddling adventures of up to 200 kilometres (120 miles) without a single portage can lead you through pristine arctic lands which are home to some magnificent herds of muskoxen and caribou. The Back, Dubawnt and Thelon flow through parts of the Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary.

Canoeing outfitters for Nunavut’s many tundra and coastal waterways, with thrilling rapids and beautiful waterfalls, are found in the communities of Baker Lake, Cambridge Bay, Igloolik, Iqaluit, Kimmirut, Kugluktuk, Rankin Inlet, and Resolute.

Nunavut waters are cold and there may be patches of whitewater, so spray decks for canoes are recommended.

Before heading out, be sure to leave your travel itinerary with a responsible body, such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the park wardens, or the local search and rescue group in the nearest community.

The Inuktitut word for whitecaps is ‘qagaaqtuq’ and ‘uqsuaqtuq’ means smooth, calm seas.