Coppermine River, Kugluktuk, NU X0B, Canada
Photo by L. Narraway
The Water World of NunavutNunavut's many rivers and lakes, as well as most of its 28,000 miles of Arctic coastline, thaw in the late spring. As a result, spectacular bays, fjords, and inlets become navigable and vessel-friendly when the sea ice breaks up by July.
Nunavut has some of the most beautiful waters for canoeing in the world, and they range from easy to strenuous, from beginner to expert level. You might take on the Coppermine River in Kitikmeot, the Dubawnt River, the Kazan and Thelon Heritage Rivers in Kivalliq, the Back River, which courses through both of those regions, or the Soper Heritage River that flows along with the countless waterfalls of Katannilik Territorial Park in the Qikiqtaaluk region.
Guided by local experts, with added safety in groups, unforgettable paddling adventures of up to 120 miles lead you through pristine lands that are home to magnificent herds of muskoxen and caribou. The Back, Dubawnt, and Thelon even flow through parts of the Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary. Canoeing is an ideal way to experience its majestic landscape and wildlife.