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Praise for Previous Editions

Some of the critical praise for previous editions of the Handbook:

" in Canada's far north is neither easy nor cheap. That's why a new guide — the 1998 Nunavut Handbook — is so valuable to anyone contemplating being the first on the block to come back with the T-shirt.

"If you do consider visiting Nunavut, you would be wise to read The Nunavut Handbook first."
—The Toronto Star

"Nunavut Handbook: Travelling in Canada's Arctic is the successor to the best-selling Baffin Handbook, the first travel guide to the eastern Arctic. Written by 40 talented writers who know this part of the world like the back of their hand because they live there, the offerings include anecdotes, insights and opinions as well as maps, planning advice and historical notes. There is information on art, music, wildlife and activities as well as a chronicle of the limitless spellbinding destinations found only in this northern outpost."
—The Toronto Star

"Nortext, an Iqaluit-based multimedia company, offers users 'the complete guide to travel in Canada's Eastern Arctic.' They make the journey seem appealing with visions of undisturbed scenic expanses. They do not, however, gloss over the many hazards of travelling in the North, such as harsh weather, rough terrain, and unpredictable wildlife."
—Canadian Geographic

"Celebrate the Earth with a trip north. Way north. The Nunavut Handbook is a nicely packaged guide to the people and wildlife of Canada's Eastern Arctic, one of the last great untouched wilderness areas on our quickly shrinking planet."
—USA Today

"The 366-page book is full of the usual useful information on what to do and see in the region and where to eat and stay, but it also has extensive notes on the history of the Arctic and the culture of its Inuit people who will govern the vast area about the same size as France after April 1, 1999."
—The Montreal Gazette

"[The Nunavut Handbook] is surprisingly blunt as to the potential hardships of travelling in the north, bad weather and high costs being two of the main turn-offs. 'Air flights are often delayed by bad weather,' writes contributor Carol Rigby. 'Allow yourself ample time — preferably a whole day — to make connections between communities. A missed flight in some places can mean a wait of two or three days, depending on flight schedules. Three extra days of hotel and meal expenses could cost you another $500 or more. Budget for the unexpected.'

"Still, while it may cost a little more than a week in Florida, a trip to the north appears to be far more fulfilling as a cultural adventure. 'Aside from a dogsled trip,' writes Renee Wissink, 'what could be a more natural way to travel in Nunavut than by kayak? After all, the kayak was an Arctic invention, a mode of transport for which the Inuit are famous.'" —Globe and Mail

"Detailed sections on the people, art, music, land, and wildlife give basic information about the region. Next are chapters on trip planning, travel, and outdoor activities that tell you about everything from bug repellent to whether you need to wear a helmet while using an all-terrain vehicle (Nunavut's most popular mode of travel next to the snowmobile). For those who would like to do some whale watching, dogsledding, kayaking, camping, or anything else outdoors, there's a special section on each with recommendations on where and when to best enjoy each sport. For the business traveler, there is a section on doing business in Nunavut and a listing of common Inuktitut phrases."
—Canadian Book Review Annual

"Boasting a tremendous population of trophy-quality polar bears, musk oxen, caribou, barren-ground grizzly, wolves and walrus, Nunavut, one of the last great unspoiled wilderness areas on earth, has distinguished itself as a premier northern big-game hunting hot spot. Most native Inuit are still active hunters and there is always an ample supply of experienced guides."
—Petersen's Hunting

"The 1998 Nunavut Handbook: Travelling in Canada's Arctic, travel guide is a good place to start your tour. It is 366 pages of straight-shooting information and advice on travel in the Arctic but, at the same time, it's full of anecdotes and accounts of the real lifestyle of northern communities--stories from the heart that would inspire the most casual traveller.

"As they say in Resolute Bay, 'Resolute is not the end of the world, but you can see it from here.'"

"On April 1, 1999 a new homeland comes into being. Carved out of Canada's Northwest Territories, Nunavut — an area larger than Scandinavia — will require North America's maps to be redrawn as a new regional government is established. With a population of only 25,000, Nunavut stretches north of the Arctic Circle and includes the North Magnetic Pole on Bathurst Island. Its capital, Iqaluit, formerly Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island, has average temperatures from 52°F in July to a bone-chilling minus 20°F in January. Yet despite the hardships and the distances, Canada's Arctic has become one of North America's most exotic and untouched eco-tourism and adventure destinations, and this massively detailed travel guide, the product of no fewer than 45 expert contributors, has everything a visitor could ever want to know about this extraordinary land and its resourceful and ambitious Inuit people."
—Essentially America

"The handbook offers tips on planning and organizing a trip to Nunavut and its communities, highlights regional attractions ranging from whale watching to mountain climbing, and features personal accounts of Arctic life from a local perspective. In a section on Inuit culture, freelance writer and former Nunavut resident Ann Meekitjuk Hanson offers her Uncle Annowalk's recipe for nirukkaq, or caribou stomach, describes the proper way to eat seal (upper flippers are eaten first, followed sequentially by the heart, liver, spine, and ribs), and advises visitors on how to enter a local home: 'Do not knock on the door before are very welcome, even if no one tells you so. You must feel at home at all times.'"
—Quill & Quire

"Even before Nunavut is officially carved out of the eastern Northwest Territories in 1999, Iqaluit-based Nortext Multimedia Inc. has published The Nunavut Handbook. The 400-page travel guide, by 45 mostly northern and Inuit writers, covers everything from transportation—leave the car at home—to responsible bird watching."

"The information is organized into seven sections: planning a trip, getting around, destinations, activities, the people, land and wildlife, art and music and a talkback section that allows net browsers to communicate with the handbook's publishers and each other. Here's a taste of what's included in a few of the chapters.

"Getting Around covers topics such as entering Canada, flying to Nunavut and its communities, special needs travel (including travelling with children) and vehicles. The Destinations chapter covers ten broad regions with numerous specific areas discussed under each (national parks and reserves are included in an additional sub-section).

The Activities chapter gives the scoop on everything from photography, whale-watching, floe-edge tours and birding to adventure sports such as hiking, kayaking, skiing, mountain climbing and canoeing. You can find what you need to know for do-it-yourself adventure as well as practical advice and information on commercial operators, along with a list of useful contacts."

"One of the last great untouched wilderness areas on earth, the new territory of Nunavut is experiencing a surge of tourists. The Nunavut Handbook is helping to make what was previously accessible only to adventurers and explorers available to everyone." —Courier Lifestyles