Praise for Previous Editions
Some of the critical
praise for previous editions of the Handbook:
Canada's far north is neither easy nor cheap. That's why a new guide
the 1998 Nunavut Handbook is so valuable to anyone contemplating
being the first on the block to come back with the T-shirt.
"If you do consider
visiting Nunavut, you would be wise to read The Nunavut Handbook first."
The Toronto Star
Travelling in Canada's Arctic is the successor to the best-selling
Baffin Handbook, the first travel guide to the eastern Arctic.
Written by 40 talented writers who know this part of the world like the
back of their hand because they live there, the offerings include anecdotes,
insights and opinions as well as maps, planning advice and historical
notes. There is information on art, music, wildlife and activities as
well as a chronicle of the limitless spellbinding destinations found only
in this northern outpost."
The Toronto Star
Iqaluit-based multimedia company, offers users 'the complete guide to
travel in Canada's Eastern Arctic.' They make the journey seem appealing
with visions of undisturbed scenic expanses. They do not, however, gloss
over the many hazards of travelling in the North, such as harsh weather,
rough terrain, and unpredictable wildlife."
Earth with a trip north. Way north. The Nunavut Handbook is a nicely
packaged guide to the people and wildlife of Canada's Eastern Arctic,
one of the last great untouched wilderness areas on our quickly shrinking
book is full of the usual useful information on what to do and see in
the region and where to eat and stay, but it also has extensive notes
on the history of the Arctic and the culture of its Inuit people who will
govern the vast area about the same size as France after April 1, 1999."
The Montreal Gazette
Handbook] is surprisingly blunt as to the potential hardships of travelling
in the north, bad weather and high costs being two of the main turn-offs.
'Air flights are often delayed by bad weather,' writes contributor Carol
Rigby. 'Allow yourself ample time preferably a whole day
to make connections between communities. A missed flight in some places
can mean a wait of two or three days, depending on flight schedules. Three
extra days of hotel and meal expenses could cost you another $500 or more.
Budget for the unexpected.'
it may cost a little more than a week in Florida, a trip to the north
appears to be far more fulfilling as a cultural adventure. 'Aside from
a dogsled trip,' writes Renee Wissink, 'what could be a more natural way
to travel in Nunavut than by kayak? After all, the kayak was an Arctic
invention, a mode of transport for which the Inuit are famous.'"
Globe and Mail
on the people, art, music, land, and wildlife give basic information about
the region. Next are chapters on trip planning, travel, and outdoor activities
that tell you about everything from bug repellent to whether you need
to wear a helmet while using an all-terrain vehicle (Nunavut's most popular
mode of travel next to the snowmobile). For those who would like to do
some whale watching, dogsledding, kayaking, camping, or anything else
outdoors, there's a special section on each with recommendations on where
and when to best enjoy each sport. For the business traveler, there is
a section on doing business in Nunavut and a listing of common Inuktitut
Canadian Book Review Annual
"Boasting a tremendous
population of trophy-quality polar bears, musk oxen, caribou, barren-ground
grizzly, wolves and walrus, Nunavut, one of the last great unspoiled wilderness
areas on earth, has distinguished itself as a premier northern big-game
hunting hot spot. Most native Inuit are still active hunters and there
is always an ample supply of experienced guides."
Nunavut Handbook: Travelling in Canada's Arctic, travel guide is a
good place to start your tour. It is 366 pages of straight-shooting information
and advice on travel in the Arctic but, at the same time, it's full of
anecdotes and accounts of the real lifestyle of northern communities--stories
from the heart that would inspire the most casual traveller.
"As they say
in Resolute Bay, 'Resolute is not the end of the world, but you can see
it from here.'"
"On April 1,
1999 a new homeland comes into being. Carved out of Canada's Northwest
Territories, Nunavut an area larger than Scandinavia will
require North America's maps to be redrawn as a new regional government
is established. With a population of only 25,000, Nunavut stretches north
of the Arctic Circle and includes the North Magnetic Pole on Bathurst
Island. Its capital, Iqaluit, formerly Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island,
has average temperatures from 52°F in July to a bone-chilling minus
20°F in January. Yet despite the hardships and the distances, Canada's
Arctic has become one of North America's most exotic and untouched eco-tourism
and adventure destinations, and this massively detailed travel guide,
the product of no fewer than 45 expert contributors, has everything a
visitor could ever want to know about this extraordinary land and its
resourceful and ambitious Inuit people."
offers tips on planning and organizing a trip to Nunavut and its communities,
highlights regional attractions ranging from whale watching to mountain
climbing, and features personal accounts of Arctic life from a local perspective.
In a section on Inuit culture, freelance writer and former Nunavut resident
Ann Meekitjuk Hanson offers her Uncle Annowalk's recipe for nirukkaq,
or caribou stomach, describes the proper way to eat seal (upper flippers
are eaten first, followed sequentially by the heart, liver, spine, and
ribs), and advises visitors on how to enter a local home: 'Do not knock
on the door before entering....you are very welcome, even if no one tells
you so. You must feel at home at all times.'"
Quill & Quire
Nunavut is officially carved out of the eastern Northwest Territories
in 1999, Iqaluit-based Nortext Multimedia Inc. has published The Nunavut
Handbook. The 400-page travel guide, by 45 mostly northern and Inuit
writers, covers everything from transportationleave the car at hometo
responsible bird watching."
is organized into seven sections: planning a trip, getting around, destinations,
activities, the people, land and wildlife, art and music and a talkback
section that allows net browsers to communicate with the handbook's publishers
and each other. Here's a taste of what's included in a few of the chapters.
covers topics such as entering Canada, flying to Nunavut and its communities,
special needs travel (including travelling with children) and vehicles.
The Destinations chapter covers ten broad regions with numerous specific
areas discussed under each (national parks and reserves are included in
an additional sub-section).
The Activities chapter
gives the scoop on everything from photography, whale-watching, floe-edge
tours and birding to adventure sports such as hiking, kayaking, skiing,
mountain climbing and canoeing. You can find what you need to know for
do-it-yourself adventure as well as practical advice and information on
commercial operators, along with a list of useful contacts."
"One of the last
great untouched wilderness areas on earth, the new territory of Nunavut
is experiencing a surge of tourists. The Nunavut Handbook is helping
to make what was previously accessible only to adventurers and explorers
available to everyone." Courier Lifestyles