Guided trip: Immerse yourself in Inuit culture

A guided trip to Arviat, Nunavut to learn about dogsledding, drum dancing, throat singing and more

Credit: G Adventures

The Inuit town of Arviat, Nunavut, is an old Hudson Bay Company trading post that sits on the Hudson Bay coast just north of the Manitoba border. The town may be located near the geographic centre of the country, but it’s definitely remote—supplies only arrive here by plane, ship or snowmobile. Thanks to Arviat’s isolation, its Inuit culture is alive and well, and you’ll be fully immersed in that culture during a six-day trip with G Adventures. While your group stays in a hotel, days are spent with the locals learning about dogsledding, drum dancing, throat singing, bannock baking, berry picking and the Inuit art that the community is known for. Meals feature lots of local game prepared in traditional ways (hunting and fishing remain the primary means of sustenance). Boat and ATV tours take the group to Arvia’juaq and Qikiqtarjuaq, two traditional summer camps for the Inuit that are now historic sites full of artifacts. Both locations still attract the wildlife that drew the Inuit for centuries—there’s a chance of spotting whales, polar bears and plenty of bird life.

When: Various departures
Cost: $3,599
G Adventures