Best Time to Visit the Arctic
A place of sheer extremes, the seasons vary dramatically in Arctic Canada, with shorter summers of just a few weeks, seeing an average temperature of 18ºC, sometimes rising to 30ºC. By contrast, the winters are long, cold and dry, when the temperature can plummet to a biting -20ºC to -35 ºC. Generally speaking, travel conditions to this region are at their best from May through September, but when planning your trip you will need to consider the optimum travel periods for what you wish to experience, be it the majestic King of the Arctic or the mysterious Northern Lights.
There are great times to visit Arctic Canada and Churchill throughout the year, depending on the experience you prefer. October and November in Churchill are great for staying out on the tundra with the bears, then in the far north around Baffin Island you can stay out on the floe edge between May and July. March offers the best time to see polar bear cubs emerging from their dens with their mothers, but there is just one week in March you can do this.
When to head to the northern reaches of Canada depends on exactly where you want to go and what you want to see...