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Canada’s north offers so many options for the adventurous traveller but some experiences just can’t be missed. What’s the one thing you should absolutely add to your itinerary if you’re heading to Nunavut, the Yukon, or the Northwest Territories? Here’s our list:
1. Go With The Floe In Nunavut
Standing at the floe edge, or sinaaq as it’s called in Inuktitut, is like standing at the edge of the world . Floes are massive pieces of ice that float on the surface of the sea. They can be as large as 10 km wide. At the floe edge, it’s ice-meets-open-sea and being there is an experience like no other. Head to Nunavut between April and June to see the Arctic come to life as polar bears, seals, whales, narwhals, and walruses emerge at the floe edge. Explore the edge on foot or get a guided tour that includes sea kayaking, camping, or skiing in places like Clyde River, Arctic Bay, Pond Inlet, on Baffin Island or Igloolik.
2. Sleep Out Under The Lights In The Northwest Territories
The Northern Lights: not just a winter thing! Between August and early October the Auroras can be just as intense as when there’s snow on the ground. Longer days equal staying up later to catch them but hey, you’re on vacation! Plus, warmer temperatures mean that camping out under the stars is simpler—and there’s nothing as awesome as falling asleep under the Auroras. Time your Lights-seeking trip for late summer when there are more hours of nighttime darkness for the Auroras to do their thing. There’s no singular Lights experience so choose one that works for you, whether it’s in the Aurora capital of Canada, Yellowknife, or at a remote fly-in destination like a wilderness lodge near Yellowknife on Great Slave Lake.
3. Stay Up All Night In The Yukon
Do you find it hard to fit everything you want to do into a single trip? There are only so many hours in a day, right? That might be true in other places, but not in the Yukon, where the sun can be visible for a full 24 hours during the summer solstice. Long days and an extra dose of vitamin D courtesy of all that sunshine will leave you energized to see all the Yukon has to offer: hike trails, check out the Dawson City Music Festival, explore glaciers in Kluane National Park and Reserve or (our personal favourite) canoe the Yukon River. A trip to see the Midnight Sun is an experience that makes you realize how unique Canada is and why people from all over the world come here to see things they can’t find anywhere else.