• Polar Bear, Arctic Canada Baffin Island - credit: Jonathan Z Lee
  • Family on Iceberg, Arctic Canada safari

Why Arctic Canada holidays are truly unique

The Arctic North of Canada is a fairy tale place of pioneer spirit, polar bears, gold prospectors, northern lights, migrating beluga whales and permanent sunny days; where the seemingly impossible comes to life before your eyes. With very sparse human settlement, the tundra of the region comes alive during the summer months when it is carpeted with colourful flowers and the wildlife of the region, of which the indisputable star is the King of the Arctic, emerges. Arctic Canada is defined as the area north of the Arctic Circle, which constitutes the expansive wilderness of the provinces of Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Arctic Canada has just 100,000 inhabitants and approximately 60% of the indigenous Inuit community live in this region.

Arctic activities

Arctic activities

The list of unique experiences that this region offers would excite the most blasé of traveller. Giant specially adapted 6-wheel tundra buggies set off from Churchill to Cape Churchill, where between 30-40 polar bears visit in October and November and the cape’s gravel eskers create small hills which are ideal vantage points. It is even possible to stay in a Tundra Lodge with connecting cabins that can be wheeled to a different location at the start of the season to maximise your viewing as you live amongst the bears. Scenic helicopter flights over the tundra and even dog sledding add to the variety of excursions, not forgetting of course the infamous phenomenon of the Northern Lights, which may add an unexpected final highlight to your journey into this fascinating region.


The small town of Churchill sits on the edge of Hudson Bay in Northern Manitoba and is the starting point for some life-changing polar expeditions into the tundra wilderness. Situated at the most southerly range of a polar bear’s habitat, the milder climate of Churchill means that ice completely melts in the summer months, effectively stranding the bears until the ice freezes again, but creating more favourable conditions for wildlife enthusiasts as you observe them as they wait for the ‘Big Freeze’.

The Nunavut archipelago includes Ellesmere Island, Baffin Island and Victoria Island over a vast area of 2.2 million square kilometres. Ellesmere is just 800 kilometres from the North Pole and has a spellbinding scenic mix of ice caps, glaciers, fjords and vast wilderness. Further southwest of here is Baffin Island, named after the famous explorer William Baffin, this is Canada’s largest island, with a population of just 11,000. It has a picturesque mountain range - Baffin Mountains – with its highest peak Mount Odin at 2,147 metres elevation. It is possible to see Arctic wolf, caribou, Arctic fox, and polar bear here.

These areas combine a huge range of experiences between them from polar bears tracking and ice camping, to seeing the northern lights. 

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Why book with us

We are destination specialists

Our team of specialists have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they sell. They will design your journey around you, at the right place at the right time.

We are wildlife specialists

As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

We really care about our destinations

At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

Talk to one of our specialists for further details on travelling to Arctic Canada.