Located on the western shores of Hudson’s Bay, Arviat has become the premier destination for viewing Nunavut’s treasured wildlife. In Inuktitut, Arviat means ‘place of the bowhead whale’. Arviat is also reknown for caribou, beluga whales, bird watching, and polar bears.
Every fall, hundreds of polar bear gather along the shores of Arviat, waiting for the ice to form to make their winter march onto the sea in search of food. The community’s residents are happy to share their wisdom and knowledge, having accumulated thousands of years of experience with these majestic animals. Some essential Arviat experiences include:
- Wildlife through the seasons: migrating Qamanirjuaq caribou herd, traversing polar bears in the fall, beluga and bowhead whales in the summer and fall
- McConnell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary – tundra swans, snowy owls and more (click to McConnell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary here)
- Inuit culture, arts and traditions