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Nunavut community honoured for Ecotourism program


The World Travel & Tourism Council selected Arviat Community Ecotourism as the winner of its community award, aimed at organizations that offer sustainable tourism, including local community development and cultural heritage. Arviat’s three-year-old community-based cultural and wildlife tourism program in Nunavut was picked for the prestigious international tourism award out of 170 tourism groups from around the world.

Arviat Community Ecotourism program evolves around a slice of daily life in the Kivalliq community. Visitors take part in summer wild – life and cultural tours, on foot to visit local artisans at work and to try some locally-hunted country food, out on the land by all-terrain vehicle or by boat to see the natural scenery and possibly a polar bear, and attend cultural shows performed by a group of local performers known as Qaggiqtiit.

In 2013, Arviat hosted 220 visitors. For more information, contact info@visitarviat.ca.