Lucasi Kiatainaq
Lucasi Kiatainaq

Travelling in the North

Practical tips for your trip

Travelling 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

Photo : Alexi Hobbs

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 coverings will be essential. Always check for current and predicted weather conditions before departure.

Photo : Alexi Hobbs

Social Realities

Much of Nunavik remains undeveloped and without the kind of tourism infrastructures 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 in southern Quebec.
With the exception of Kuujjuaq and Puvirnituq, 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 and you may have to prepare your own meals in their specially equipped kitchen. 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.

Photo : Alexi Hobbs

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!

Photo : Will Harren

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