Nunavut is a vast and largely unconnected territory. There are 25 communities in Nunavut and none of them are connected by road to cities in southern Canada. Additionally, the 25 communities are not connected to one another either. In other words, if you’re thinking Nunavut is the destination for your next great road trip, you will be disappointed. So how do you get to Nunavut? Read on my friends!
How to get to Nunavut
Below is the route map for First Air. From southern Canada, you can fly from Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg or Edmonton via Yellowknife.
Many travellers to Nunavut go to Baffin Island. If you aren’t familiar with Nunavut geography, Baffin Island is the large island located on the northeast side of the map below. It is home to Iqaluit, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet and a handful of other communities. To reach Baffin Island, you would fly from either Ottawa or Montreal.
If you are going to a community in southern Nunavut (the communities on the mainland of Canada, like Baker Lake or Arviat), you would likely fly from Winnipeg.
Alternatively, if you were traveling to one of the communities on the northern part of the mainland (Kugaaruk) or an island north of the mainland (Cambridge Bay) you would fly from Yellowknife.
Below is the route map for Canadian North. Canadian North offers fewer routes, but covers the major ones. From Ottawa you can fly to Iqaluit and other communities on Baffin Island. Alternatively, from Edmonton you can fly to several communities via Yellowknife.
Booking a flight to Nunavut is fairly straightforward. You can book online at First Air or Canadian North. Alternatively, you can book using Aeroplan points by contacting Aeroplan booking centre by phone.
Flights to Nunavut aren’t cheap, however there is a strategy to significantly reduce your cost for airfare which I’ve written about extensively in How To Visit Nunavut on the Cheap.
Here are some additional resources I think you’ll find helpful if you’re planning a trip to Nunavut.