Ancient paths worn smooth by generations of migrating caribou. Centuries old stone circles that mark the traditional campsites of our ancestors. Nomadic hiking and camping was our way of life in Nunavut for generations and still today has special, precise and deep cultural connections to the land and our heritage. Using animal skin tents (ittaq in Inuktitut) in summer or the ingenious igloo in winter - or now the modern and practical canvas tent (tupiq), the tradition continues for Inuit and visitors alike. Going “on the land” as Nunavummiut refer to camping is often motivated by berry picking, fishing or hunting. Regardless of the reason to camp, being on the land is a connection Inuit celebrate.
Trekkers and campers are free to pitch their tents almost anywhere in Nunavut and some communities and parks have special designated campgrounds with limited facilities. Local experts know the best trails, pathways and campsites - chosen long ago for shelter, fresh water, fishing spots or views of polar wildlife. Welcome to our land and your adventure - hike it, camp it and enjoy it as the Inuit have for over 4000 years.