Northern Canada, Nunavut, Canada: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Northern Canada, Nunavut, Canada? If you're planning to go to Northern Canada, I've got some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Northern Canada, Nunavut, Canada

Based on the climate and weather in Northern Canada, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

Important essentials for Northern Canada, Nunavut, Canada

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Northern Canada, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


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  • Hand sanitizer

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  • A vaccine card protector

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  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks don't exist for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

    U.S. residents still need a certified COVID-19 test to return home, but it can now be via Zoom. Learn more


  • N95 masks

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  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.

General health necessities

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What to wear/what to pack for Northern Canada, Nunavut, Canada by month

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January

January in Northern Canada is unbearably cold. Temperatures average in the 10+ below zero F (20+ below zero C) during the day. It snows a bit less than half of the time.

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February

February in Northern Canada is beyond freezing and somewhat snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 20+ below zero F (30+ below zero C). It snows 5-10 days this month. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

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March

March in Northern Canada is unbearably cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 20+ below zero F (30+ below zero C). It snows a bit less than half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

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April

April in Northern Canada is unbearably cold and somewhat snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits below 0 F (20+ below zero C), with a few days below -22 F (30+ below zero C). It snows about a third of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 80% to 90% range on average.

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May

May in Northern Canada is very cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 10s F (single digits below 0 C), with a few days below -4 F (20+ below zero C). It snows 5-10 days this month. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 80% to 90% range on average.

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June

If you vacation in Northern Canada during June, you will probably see that it is pretty cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

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July

If you are traveling to Northern Canada in July, you will notice that it is cool and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

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August

August in Northern Canada is cold and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 30s F (single digits C).

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September

In September, Northern Canada is brisk and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 30s F (single digits C) and once in a while jump into the low 50s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 30s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Northern Canada, with several of the days of the month having rain. In September, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

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October

If you are traveling to Northern Canada in October, you will notice that it is unbearably cold and very snowy. Expect it to snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

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November

Traveling to Northern Canada in November, you will notice that it can be bitter cold and somewhat snowy. Expect it to snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

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December

In December, Northern Canada is unbearably cold and somewhat snowy. Temperatures routinely are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C) range. At night, lows are in the 20+ below zero F (30+ below zero C). This is also a rainy time for Northern Canada, with of the days of the month having rain. In December, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

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