Kugaaruk Airport: Cheap Flights, Tickets and Travel Deals

With a population of less than 1,000 people and accessible only by air or (during the brief summer) water, Kugaaruk in Nunavut may not sound like most peoples' idea of a dream destination. Indeed, this tiny community's main claim to fame is that it was here, in 1975, that the coldest wind chill temperature was ever recorded in Canada (a bone numbing -92 degrees Celsius). That being said, for adventurous travellers, Kugaaruk is a fascinating glimpse into one of the coldest and most remote regions on the planet, where a traditional way of life struggles to survive against the encroaching influences of southern Canada.

The Kugaaruk Airport, formerly known as Pelly Bay Townsite Airport, is located in Kugaaruk itself and for most of the year provides the only means of getting in or out of Kugaaruk. You can find flights to Kugaaruk with the help of Skyscanner. Be sure not to miss out on a cheap flight to this remote Nunavut community by signing up for Price Alerts, which will send you notifications whenever the price of flights to or from Kugaaruk change.

Flying to or from Kugaaruk Airport

Kugaaruk Airport is served by just two airlines: Canadian North and First Air. Both airlines serve the same destinations. In Nunavut, they fly to Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, and Taloyoack. Both airlines also fly to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, from where you can easily get a connecting flight to one of the bigger cities in the south.

Transportation Options

The airport is located in Kugaaruk itself and walking to and from the town centre is easy so long as the weather cooperates. While there is no car rental agency at the airport itself or even in Kugaaruk, that shouldn't be an issue since the community is small and the roads don't extend very far beyond it. Although your hotel should be able to arrange for pickup from the airport, it's good to notify them in advance of your arrival. When it comes to getting around Nunavut, you will be spending most of your time flying.

Terminal Information

Kugaaruk Airport has a tiny terminal consisting largely of a waiting area where you will find the check-in counters for Canadian North and First Air. There are no shops or restaurants here, but items on the wall showcase the local Inuit culture and are a fascinating way to bide your time. Staff are also extremely friendly and will be more than happy to help you with any questions you may have.

What to see and do in Kugaaruk

Kugaaruk is a remote destination: a small community in the middle of a stark and unforgiving landscape. While Kugaaruk can appear downright inhospitable at first, if you dig just beneath the surface you will find a traditional community that's thriving while still ensuring its way of life can survive into the 21st century. The town is almost entirely Inuit, and while English is encroaching rapidly, Inuktitut is still the primary language used by most residents (especially older ones). The town is also known for having produced a number of famed Inuit artists and traditional crafts, such as parkas and seal-skin boots. While hotels are limited in Kugaaruk, there are a couple of options and Skyscanner can help you find a room for your visit to this fascinating corner of the world.

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Longitude:89° 48' 29'' W
Latitude:68° 32' 39'' N

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