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Nunavut Guide


Recently created from the Northwest Territories, sparsely populated Nunavut is a land of Inuit, ice and polar bears. Difficult to travel at best, this northern province is best enjoyed from tourist centres such as Iqaluit or Pangnirtung. Advance planning can help visitors to overcome some of the climatic, logistical and cost challenges involved in discovering the province from its capital, Iqaluit.

Hiring a Vehicle

Car hire in Nunavut is best obtained in Iqaluit, at the airport or in the city, which are linked by a paved road. The capital is served by mostly local suppliers which stock an array of vehicles suited to the surrounding terrain. Get the best rate when you compare car hire.

Transport Options

Travellers to Nunavut must enter the province by air as there are no rail or road links with neighbouring regions. Iqaluit’s airport receives flights from a limited number of Canadian cities outside of Nunavut as well as from provincial locations such as Pangnirtung. Roads in the province are few and far between, spanning around 500 miles in total, so routes need to be planned in advance.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Nunavut

The short summer season is the best time for driving a car rental in Nunavut, with choice of vehicle important during the long winter when road conditions can be dangerous. Four-wheel drives and jeeps are popular. Highways here are not numbered so navigation can be tricky. Make sure you car is in tip-top condition as repair work can be costly and time consuming. Many routes are only open for a few months per year so check ahead.

Not to be Missed!

Before leaving Iqaluit, the arrival point of most visitors, check out the capital’s interesting museums. The province’s second city, Pangnirtung, is the gateway to Baffin Island where hiking on marked trails takes walkers through scenic mountainous terrain. The island is also host to Auyuittuq National Park where the midnight sun, wildlife and sleeping in an igloo can be experienced.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Summer is the best time to visit for temperatures of up to 20°C and extended hours of daylight. The winter darkness and arctic temperatures of as low as -50°C make outdoor activities during the December through March season out of bounds. Spring, when temperatures hover around -7°C, is an increasingly popular time to arrive.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Canadian dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    50 - 100 km/h
  • Language
    English, French

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).