Canada's northernmost territory - Nunavut - is the ancestral homeland of the Inuit people. This is where you will find the fabled Northwest Passage, a sea route sought by generations of explorers.
Baffin and Ellesmere Islands, Lancaster Sound, Bylot Island, the Boothia Peninsula and King William Island are just some of the geographical highlights of this remote and starkly beautiful landscape. Stay in a lodge or take an expedition cruise to see the wildlife and explore the highlights of this spectacular wilderness.
Canada itinerary ideas
Canada's Arctic, the Yukon & Prairie Provinces highlights
Spot beluga whales in Seal River
For the ultimate wildlife experience, visit Seal River Heritage Lodge, a remote wilderness setting where it is possible to see wild polar bears roaming the tundra and beluga whales.
View polar bears in Churchill
Seeing polar bears sparring or a mother and cub play from the safety of a Tundra Buggy is a truely unique wildlife experience. Travel during early November to see the bears when they are most active.
Watch black bears in Riding Mountain National Park
An island of wilderness situtated in the middle of the vast Manitoba prairies, Riding Mountain National Park is one of the best places in Canada to see black bears in the wild.
Explore Whitehorse and the gold rush towns of the Yukon
The Yukon's capital, Whitehorse, is a busy small town but elsewhere the population is hugely outnumbered by the wildlife. Small, gold rush towns offer a sense of times gone by and from late August onwards the Aurora Borealis is often visible.
Visit the national parks and lakes in the Northwest Territories
The Northwest Territories have excellent wildlife viewing, including herds of wild bison in Wood Buffalo National Park and caribou, moose and bears. Nahanni National Park's canyons are deeper than the Grand Canyon and its waterfalls are twice as high as Niagara Falls. To the north, across a landscape of lakes and stunted forests, lies the Great Bear Lake.
Our favourite places in Canada's Arctic, the Yukon & Prairie Provinces
Churchill and Northern Manitoba
The little town of Churchill is situated in northern Manitoba on the edge of Hudson Bay. It is probably the best place in the world for polar bear spotting.
Few places in Canada evoke such a strong sense of history as Dawson City, now registered as a National Historic Site. Experience the wooden boardwalks, historic saloons and wooden houses.
Great places to stay in Canada's Arctic, the Yukon & Prairie Provinces
The Aurora Inn offers comfortable and spacious two story suites with a loft bedroom containing either a queen or two double beds that are ideal for couples or families.
Aurora Inn - Dawson City
The Aurora is a small inn offering some of the newest accommodation in Dawson City. Its rooms are all decorated with comfortable, European-style furniture and feature private bathrooms.
Takhini River Lodge
Takhini River Lodge sits in the heart of the Yukon wilderness. It features four beautifully appointed, Yukon themed rooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and magnificent mountain views.
Fort Garry Hotel
Located in the heart of Winnipeg, the Fort Garry Hotel is registered as a national historic site and its decor harks back to former days.
Inn on the Lake
Inn on the lake offers comfortable accommodation in a wonderful lakeside setting. Its guest rooms are well appointed, and meals are made using the freshest local produce.
Seal River Heritage Lodge
Built on the shores of Hudson Bay, Seal River Heritage Lodge is home to some of the best whale and polar bear watching in the world.