Is it possible to drive to Nunavut?

Jul 7th, 2012, 08:11 AM
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Is it possible to drive to Nunavut?

I have determined that I can (and Will!) Drive to Nunavut next year. I want to know how to do this. I can enter from any of the provinces or territories, my route is yet to be determined. Any advice would be lovely! I don't need to spend much time inside the territory, although I'd love to...I just wana say I've been there! Thanks!
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Jul 7th, 2012, 01:29 PM
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Sorry, doesn't matter what you have determined.

You can't drive to Nunavut. There are no roads into Nunavut, nor are there any roads between the communities. Only roads within the towns.
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Jul 8th, 2012, 06:51 PM
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Ahaha okay, thank you so much! I guess it'll be a 10 province + 2 territory trip; as I've seen routes into southern NWT and Yukon!
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Jul 8th, 2012, 07:23 PM
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Didn't I once hear that all of Nunavut contained about "13 miles of paved roads" in a place nearly 3 times the size of Texas ???
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Jul 9th, 2012, 05:14 AM
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I believe this website was just launched.
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Jul 9th, 2012, 05:41 AM
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NorthwestMale. - that sounds about right. With the permafrost/freezing, paving doesn't last very long. Many communities have 2 roads (unpaved - gravel), the low road and the high road (not kidding) and they usually both end up at the same place, the town dump.
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Jul 30th, 2017, 07:35 PM
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I stumbled into something similar, perhaps less expensive and even [maybe] motorcycle accessible:
1} All islands in the Hudson and James Bay pertain to Nunavut.
2) Go to the south end of the Eastmain airstrip, and head West South West.
3) No roads, no trails as far as I know, but...
4) In about 4 Km you are out on what seems to be an island at high tide, and a peninsula at low tide.52.209788 N, 78.570712 W. It seems to be called Baffin.
5) Most [but not all] of the map sites show this to pertain to Nunavut.
6) I've tried to confirm this with both the Nunavut and Quebec web sites [and phone numbers], but have not gotten any help there.

Our tentative plan: Arrive there mid Sept, and.... just do it. Any suggestions or advice?
Also: How much did Jamie Moses charge to get to Cape Hope Island?
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Dec 15th, 2017, 09:42 AM
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Hi Gents!
The Mexican Mad Dog here again, to report on our motorcycle ride to Nunavut September 3, 2017.

First: Maps of this region do not agree: Google, Apple, National Geographic, and Microsoft Maps show the peninsula just South West of Eastmain to be part of Nunavut. shows it is still in Quebec. Anyhow: Even the people living there don't know. I also called the relevant government offices of both Quebec and Nunavut, and couldn't get an answer either.

The West end of the peninsula is an island when the tides are high, and a peninsula when they are low. The GPS info accompanying my smart phone photos show we were well beyond the land itself, but that probably is due to the "average tides" for which the maps are made. We had picked the date as the nearest practical [for us] to the Aug 21 solar eclipse, thinking the higher tides would give us a better chance of making it.

Riding there from the airport as I had suggested would have been a disaster: The forest+underbrush was pretty much impenetrable, but it was possible to ride along the coast. Parts of the ride were too difficult for me (I'm 73) but my riding companion (a mere 30, and a expert motorcyclist) rode both dual purpose bikes through the most difficult parts without major problems (I walked).

So.... If you really want to visit all of Canada's Territories by land, without doing a mid winter ride (Feb & or March when the lakes and rivers are frozen) there is an alternative.

This site doesn't accept photos, but if you would like to see what it's like, drop my an email, and I'll be glad to send them along.

One other thing: The population of Eastmain is over 90% [First Nation] Cree. They are nice enough folks but live by different rules from those of us formed in Judeo/Christian societies, so don't leave anything lying around unattended. The local police are excellent, but have more important things to do than protect stuff left unattended.

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Mad Dog: If you want to do a trip report -- start a new thread of your own. This one is more than five years old.
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