In general, the territory of Nunavut is not considered to be a key Canadian tourist area, mostly due to its isolated northern positioning. However, if you're adventurous enough to explore, you'll be greatly rewarded. The territory is home to beautiful hamlets like Baker Lake, a hamlet of about two thousand people and home to eleven Inuit groups. Though very cold, the hamlet hosts a variety of interesting wildlife and has a gorgeous view of the lake the hamlet is named after.
If you'd like to visit Baker Lake, you'll fly to Baker Lake Airport (YBK), the hamlet's main gateway. To find a flight route from your location to the airport, simply enter your starting location and travel dates into Skyscanner's flight search tool. Using Baker Lake Airport as your destination, Skyscanner will search all available airlines and show you the best and cheapest way to fly to this hamlet.
Best Time to Book a Flight to Baker Lake
Baker Lake's subarctic climate means the hamlet experiences very long, very cold winters. January is usually the coldest month of the year, but temperatures generally sit between -20° C and -35° C from November to April. May and October are a little warmer but below-freezing temperatures are still probable. June is mostly chilly but very sunny. Baker Lake's short summer lasts from July to August. Though these are the best months to visit the hamlet, there will also be some rain.
Airlines that Fly to Baker Lake Airport
There are currently four airlines serving Baker Lake Airport:
These airlines fly mostly to and from small hamlets within Nunavut like Arviat (YEK) and Whale Cove (YXN) and to small towns and communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. They also fly to two large cities: Saskatoon (YXE) and Winnipeg (YWG).
Arriving at Baker Lake Airport
Baker Lake Airport consists of one passenger terminal, located about ten minutes from the hamlet. The hamlet sits on the shores of Baker Lake and is so isolated that there are very few roads linking it to the rest of the territory. Car rental is not an option. In the warmer months, trucks and ATVs are the main modes of transportation in Baker Lake. Usually, people visiting the hamlet will have arranged a ride ahead of time via friends or family or via their tour guide. If you don't have a ride into Baker Lake, the staff at the airport should be able to help. In the winter months, there is generally too much snow to use anything with wheels, so dog sleds and snowmobiles are used instead.
Baker Lake Airport Facilities
As Baker Lake Airport only serves a few thousand passengers per year, there are really no amenities to speak of at the airport. It's best to bring your own refreshments when waiting at the airport for your flight home. You should plan to be at the airport and checked in for your flight about an hour before flight departure.
What to See and Do in Baker Lake
Outdoor enthusiasts will adore visiting Baker Lake. Upon arrival, you'll instantly have a gorgeous view of the lake, a spot where you can fish and canoe in the summer. In the winter, you can snowmobile over the frozen lake and through the various trails. The wildlife in Baker Lake is also incredible. Depending on when you visit, you could see everything from caribou to jackrabbits, arctic foxes, wolves, and lake trout.
Arts and crafts are also big industries in Baker Lake. Each of the eleven distinct Inuit groups put a different cultural spin on artisan goods like jewellery, carvings, wall hangings, and clothing. These handcrafted goods make perfect souvenirs. There is also an Inuit Heritage Centre in the hamlet with historical art and artifacts, with guided tours provided by the village elders.