Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the questions we hear most often from visitors. Please contact us to help answer any questions you may have.
How do I get to Nunatsiavut?
To reach Nunatsiavut, you must first travel to the community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL. From Goose Bay (depending on the time of year you plan to visit) you can travel by air, boat, and or snowmobile to get to Nunatsiavut. Multiple daily flights depart from Goose Bay to Nunatsiavut with Air Labrador and Provincial Airlines (winter and summer). Ferry access through the M/V Northern Ranger is also available weekly, stopping in all communities along the Northern Labrador coast (summer only). All departures by air or boat leave from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL. For more information, please see our Travel section.
There are no roads connecting Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Nunatsiavut, or connecting Nunatsiavut communities to each other.
How do I organize my trip to Nunatsiavut?
There are a number of ways to organize your visit to Nunatsiavut, depending on the types of experiences you would like to have.
If you are looking to travel on your own schedule immersing yourself in our communities, you will need to make all of your own travel, accommodation, and excursion bookings. Please refer to our travel and accommodations section for important information.
If you prefer to spend your time cruising the Nunatsiavut coastline, there are a variety of cruise operators showcasing the Nunatsiavut coast.
If you would like to visit the Torngat Mountains, you will need to book your visit with the Torngat Mountains Base Camp & Research Station.
Where can I see polar bear, and what is the best time of the year to see them?
The polar bear populations of Northern Labrador are very healthy and abundant. The best time of the year to see them is during the summer months of July and August. Polar bears are also often seen with young cubs during these times.
The best place to see polar bears is in the Torngat Mountains. You can contact the Torngat Mountains Base Camp & Research Station to arrange for wildlife viewing opportunities.
Are there many bugs/insects in Nunatsiavut?
Depending on when you are visiting, the insect population of Northern Labrador can be quite amazing. During the summer months, a bug jacket and plenty of insect repellant is necessary. These items can often be purchased in the various Nunatsiavut communities. Keep your bug jacket handy.
What are the amenities like in the communities?
All Nunatsiavut communities have access to modern amenities such as electricity, flushable toilets, hot water showers, and internet. As all five communities are remote and isolated, each offers incredible access to beautiful landscapes, but also has more limited amenities than the major urban centers of Canada.
Can alternative food arrangements (vegetarian, gluten free, etc) be accommodated for during my stay in Nunatsiavut?
Yes. Alternative food arrangements can often be accommodated depending on the season and how much advance notice is given. Please contact your accommodation provider as early as possible if you have dietary concerns that need to be taken into account.
What are the average temperatures?
Depending on when you are visiting, evenings in the summer can go down to 5 degrees Celsius and days can go up to the 20 degrees Celsius range. Winter months experience much colder temperatures.
Please visit our weather and climate section for more information, or visit the Environment Canada website for current temperatures and weather conditions.
Are there groups I can join when travelling to Nunatsiavut?
If you would like to travel in a pre-arranged group during your visit to Nunatsiavut, your best options are to join a cruise or to book with the Torngat Mountains Base Camp & Research Station.
Where can I stay while in Happy Valley-Goose Bay?
There are many places to stay while in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Please visit the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay website to see a complete listing of accommodation options.
Is there a weight restriction on the airplane to Nunatsiavut?
Luggage is limited to baggage up to 50lbs, with additional charges per pound above that. Small carry-on luggage is permitted, and must fit under the seat in front of you.
Please check with Air Labrador or Provincial Airlines for more information.
Do I need to bring rubber boots and raingear?
If visiting in the summer months, yes! Weather in Northern Labrador is unpredictable and often wet. Activities in Nunatsiavut may include excursions on boats and/or walking in wet areas, depending on your preferences.
For a list of items you should bring on your trip to Nunatsiavut (summer or winter), please visit our Preparation List section.
Am I allowed to hunt and/or fish in Nunatsiavut?
A permit to access is required for non-beneficiaries of Nunatsiavut. The permits are issued by Nunatsiavut conservation officers and are available at any Nunatsiavut Government offices (which can be found in any of the five Nunatsiavut communities as well as Happy Valley-Goose Bay). There is no fee for a permit.
Laws of general application for fishing and hunting apply, such as bag limits and open season. The angling and hunting guides are issued by the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial government and they provide the hunting and fishing regulations.
For more information, please consult the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador website.