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At all times of the year, the best way to get to Nunavut and to travel between its remote communities is by air.

Nunavut is immense. It occupies a fifth of Canada. Seeing all of it in one visit is not practical for most visitors. It took thousands of years for the indigenous people of Nunavut to explore its vast expanses and there are still many corners of this beautiful territory that have never been visited by any human beings at all.

There are no roads to Nunavut. The 25 separate communities of Nunavut are not connected to each other by highway or by railroad, nor are they connected by road or rail to any other Canadian cities further south.

For a few months each summer once the sea ice has cleared, usually by late July or early August, boating between Nunavut communities takes place. Arctic cruise ships begin to arrive into Nunavut waters from southern ports at this time.

Air travel is by far the most common means of transportation to Nunavut and between its distant communities.

How To Get Here

Most visitors to Nunavut arrive by air travel on regularly scheduled flights that depart from the following cities:

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Montréal, Québec
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Churchill, Manitoba
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Yellowknife, Northwest Territories



The following airlines fly to Nunavut from southern Canada:




Visitors to Nunavut can reach the gateway communities of Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet and Cambridge Bay by air travel from any major centre in the world. Booking through a registered Nunavut Tourism outfitter will help to save on airfare.

The two Inuktitut words that mean airplane are ‘timmisuuq’ and 'qangatassuuq.'

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