Souvenirs from Nunavut
Nunavut is a true gem of the great white north! If you have ventured to Nunavut, you can claim status as one of the world's most adventurous travelers. Canada's newest, largest, and northernmost province, Nunavut is only accessible by water and air - no highways connect this pristine northern land to the rest of the country! Comprising the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, it's a land of remote islands, mountains, sea, and ice. Explore this arctic haven and take in its unique Inuit culture, its amazing wildlife, and the striking national parkland accessible from the provincial capital of Iqaluit. Souvenir fridge magnets, plates, key rings, clothing, and coffee mugs are wonderful mementoes of this enchanted place, which can rightfully be called one of the "ends of the Earth."
Iqaluit, Nunavut's Capital
Iqaluit, situated on Frobisher's Bay, is a friendly city that has the distinction of being the smallest provincial capital in Canada. The Inuit culture, which has been active in Nunavut for over 4,000 years, thrives here. Be sure to find local arts and handcrafts, a perfect souvenir from Iqaluit. The Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum has a large collection of Inuit artifacts and historical information, which will delight visitors interested in this ancient culture. From Iqaluit, you can set off to find Inuit artifacts in Qaummaarviit Territorial Historic Park, camp under the midnight sun in Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park, or take in the dramatic cliffs and waterfalls of Katannilik Territorial Park. Commemorate your visit with souvenir cold-weather gear, art, photography, and clothing celebrating the unforgettable arctic beauty of Nunavut.
Nunavut's Breathtaking Wildlife
Most tourists who visit Nunavut are drawn to this rugged place to view its amazing array of wildlife. Muskox, caribou, whales, seals, polar bear, and walrus are all on display for visitors at various times during the year. A dog sledding tour that takes visitors up close and personal with wildlife is a particularly unforgettable way to experience the wild arctic. You may even be lucky enough to spot a narwhal, a whale whose ten-meter-long tusk, often described as a "unicorn horn," remains a scientific mystery. Sculptures of local fauna by Inuit artisans are a great way to remember your adventures. You may also purchase wildlife-themed clothing, snow globes, magnets, and toys.
There's Even More to Nunavut!
- There are no roads in Nunavut! Actually, there are roads within towns, but there are no roads to connect the province's 25 communities to each other. In the entire province, there is only one paved road. Instead, you'll travel by small plane. Miniature planes make great souvenirs!
- Nunavut has four official languages: Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English, and French. You can collect souvenirs bearing all four.
- Nunavut is home to the northernmost continually inhabited place in the world: the town of Alert is only 817 kilometers from the North Pole.
- Much of Nunavut is north of the Arctic Circle. In these areas, the sun never rises in the winter and never sets in the summer. Many souvenirs from Nunavut celebrate the "midnight sun" of the Arctic summer.
- The Inuit population in Nunavut is very fond of square dancing. Be sure to visit a square dancing festival and take home some local music recordings!