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Why it’s awesome:
The southernmost hamlet on the Nunavut mainland, Arviat’s austere, treeless expanses have recently started to attract visitors originally bound for the nearby tourist hub of Churchill, Manitoba. Arviat a great place to learn about Canada’s Inuit culture and art, including activities like hunting, fishing and sewing, and crafts like soapstone and antler carving.
What to do:
Tours will allow you to visit and chat with Inuit elders in their homes, and sample traditional meals like tuktu (caribou), muktaaq (beluga whale) and Arctic char. Don’t miss a performance by Qaggiqtiit, a group of drum dancers and throat singers.
When to go:
In late August through September, the tundra changes colour much the way fall leaves do; turning into a vast and spectacular yellow, red and orange expanse. You’ll also catch the caribou migration, but it’ll still be warm enough to see community members out on the tundra hunting and harvesting.