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Advice for your trip

Traveling to the far north is a real adventure. We suggest you familiarize yourself with the fundamental climatic, geographic and social realities of the place you are visiting before you get there, so you can get the most enjoyment out of your trip.

Climate and geography


It is easy to forget that southern and northern Quebec are located in entirely different climatic zones, so no matter what time of year you travel, the weather is almost always considerably colder north of the 55th parallel. Remember that even within the vastness of Nunavik, climate and geography vary widely. Equally important is that the weather can change without notice, so you must always carry protective clothing to be fully prepared. Well into summer, black flies can be a serious irritant, so an effective repellent is a must. In winter, down-filled, hooded parkas, arctic-ready boots, gloves and facial covering will be essential. Always check for current and predicted weather conditions before departure.

Social realities


Much of Nunavik remains undeveloped and without the kind of tourism infrastructure you would find in a big city. Even the larger communities may lack certain basic commodities. If they do carry the goods you are looking for, expect to pay far more than you are used to. On average, food prices are close to double what they are in Montreal.

With the exception of Kuujjuaq, you will not find a restaurant or
24 hour convenience store to satisfy your late-night cravings either. Most communities will have a small hotel where you can lodge comfortably. But bring a few recipes along. You will have to prepare your own meals in their kitchen, specially equipped for do-it-yourself dining.

Once you have set your itinerary, we suggest you establish advance contact with someone within the communities you wish to visit. To learn more about the Inuit people, their social structure and customs, you can find extensive information online. You are entering a land and a culture far different from the one you know.

Air Travel


Air Inuit operates an impeccably maintained fleet of aircraft, specially adapted for northern operations. Cabin conditions may nonetheless be subject to extreme external temperatures, especially in winter. Therefore, you may need warm clothing for your inflight journey, not just for outdoor expeditions. And it is always wise to bring some extra snacks in the event that stores are closed when you arrive. Retailers are not open as late as in larger urban areas, so you may need something to tide you over until the stores reopen the next day.

Now let your northern adventure begin!

For more information on Quebec’s northern communities, see all destinations we serve.