4 Reasons to Visit the Canadian Arctic This Summer


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Photo Credit: David Briggs/Arctic Kingdom

With summer approaching, travellers everywhere are looking for the perfect vacation destination. The Canadian Arctic isn’t often on lists of must-visit travel destinations, but its unmatched natural beauty, outdoor adventures and wildlife make it a location that should be on every adventurer’s bucket list.

With Iqaluit, Nunavut, just a three-hour flight from Ottawa, the Arctic is more accessible than ever – especially for Canadians.

Beautiful Weather

You may be surprised to hear that the Arctic – known for its snow and ice – experiences beautiful weather in the summer months. Arctic summers can get surprisingly warm. In July and August, temperatures can reach up to 20 degrees Celsius in locations throughout Nunavut.

The Midnight Sun


Photo Credit: Arctic Kingdom

One of the most amazing features of summers in Nunavut is the midnight sun. With almost 24-hours of sunshine in July, this natural phenomena allows for extended hours of adventure. Even as the days shorten throughout the season, you can still expect upwards of 17 hours of sunshine at the end of August. Additionally, in August, travellers can enjoy spectacular and seemingly endless sunsets. We suggest packing sleep masks.

The Great Outdoors

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Photo credit: RJ Sauer

With majestic mountains, rolling tundra blooming with wildflowers, glaciers, and soaring icebergs, the stunning scenery of the Canadian Arctic is sure to take your breath away.

The Canadian Arctic is also an incredible spot for fun in nature for the whole family. The beautiful landscapes make for some of the best hiking you’ll ever experience, especially in Canada most stunning national park, Auyuittuq National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Other fun activities include boating, kayaking, iceberg watching, and snorkeling in crystal clear waters, and fishing for Arctic char.

Unique Wildlife

Photo credit: Arctic Kingdom
Photo credit: Arctic Kingdom

Arctic summers provide amazing opportunities for wildlife sightings from land and boat, including polar bears, whales and walrus. With the midnight sun and beautiful scenery, Arctic summers are great for dramatic and unique wildlife photography. 

A number of local tour companies offer opportunities to experience and photograph this area’s one-of-a-kind wildlife in the summer months. Arctic Kingdom’s Kings of the Arctic Safari is a seven-day adventure to Igloolik, Nunavut, in the heart of July. This region is amazing for walrus, as well as possible polar bear and bowhead whale sightings.

You can also find opportunities to see polar bears and bowhead whales on Arctic Kingdom’s Polar Bears and Glaciers of Baffin Island. This seven-day trip departs in August.

The opportunities for exploration and adventure are endless, making the Canadian Arctic one of the most unique and life-changing summer vacation destinations in the world.

Other Arctic Excursions

Canada isn’t the only country that boasts one-of-a-kind trips to the Arctic. Arctic Wonderland Tours, based in Greenland, has been taking travelers to the far reaches of their majestic, snow-covered landscapes since 1973. Adventurers can take snowmobiling, hiking, or boat trips to discover icebergs and the rare wildlife that call Greenland’s mountains, fjords, and glaciers home.

Another unique way to explore the Arctic is on a cruise holiday. The Svalbard archipelago, located north of Finland and east of Greenland, is known for its ancient glaciers and uniquely rugged mountains. Discover the World offers small ship voyages to this rarely-visited archipelago as well as Greenland and other Arctic areas. Whether it’s your first visit to the Arctic or your twentieth, you’re bound to be wowed by the adventures that await in 2017.


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About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a travel writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C, Mexico and around the world. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and surfing new waves.

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