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Polar Bears of the Far North

"People have tried to use the polar bear as a bit of a poster child — it’s a beautiful animal and it grabs the attention of the public — to make people aware of the impact of climate change,” said Drikus Gissing, Nunavut’s director of wildlife management.

Inuit hunters have insisted the population is healthy. They say they are seeing more polar bears.

Nunavut says a new survey shows Canada’s polar bear population hasn’t declined in the last seven years as predicted and that the iconic mammal has not been hurt by climate change.

Polar Bears

Igloolik


Igloolik, An Inuit Community

There are no roads leading into the Province of Nunavut, nor between communities within the region. All communities are fly-in only. Flights are frequently delayed by bad weather, and your aircraft may be taken to fly as an air ambulance.

Many communities are scattered over islands. Community centers are places that locals and guests go to share. They also interpret the rich and important history of Nunavut and build the strong relationships between Nunavummiut.


Seeing the Aurora Borealis

During the northern summer, sunlight prevents viewing the aurora. As the sun climbs in the sky until June 21st and then descends, the nights are too light to see the aurora.

In the winter you can see the Aurora Borealis but in temperatures of -40°F or more you may freeze trying.

The months of March and September combine sufficiently dark skies with milder temperatures for somewhat more comfortable viewing.

Aurora Borealis

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