Respect and admiration for arctic creatures is deeply rooted in Inuit culture, and the extraordinary diversity of animal species native to Nunavut is one of the area’s prime attractions. The ancient, nomadic Inuit hunter-gatherer people recognized their responsibility to conserve wildlife and protect their ecosystem. This traditional Inuit value is called “Avatittinnik Kamatsiarniq” in Inuktitut, which means “respect and care for the land, animals, and the environment.” This longstanding cultural concept of living in harmony with nature and wildlife is still taught by Inuit elders to their children and grandchildren today.
Whether by dog sled or snowmobile, by boat, ATV, or small aircraft, on cross-country skis or by trekking on foot, experienced outfitters and guides in every part of Nunavut are proud to introduce you to the wonderful local wildlife. Your options include locally guided boat tours to see beluga and bowhead whales, as well as the unicorns of the sea—the narwhals—from Arctic Bay, Pond Inlet, and Resolute. Other tours offer opportunities to witness two of the great migrations of the Arctic: the caribou and muskox. Finally, walruses and polar bears can be spotted on expeditions with experienced outfitters.