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Welcome to Baffin Island

Baffin Island

A place fit for rugged souls, Baffin Island is the ultimate in extreme holiday destinations. The largest island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago (and the fifth-largest in the world), Baffin Island is an area of unspoilt natural beauty and truly unique sights. Easily accessed (you can fly straight into Nunavut's capital, Iqaluit), this out-of-the-way destination is sure to appeal to adventurous travellers, who will relish the wealth of exciting activities the Island has to offer. Visitors to Baffin Island can kayak between ice floes, hop aboard an Arctic cruise to view icebergs up close, go white-water rafting, hiking or fishing, and visit Kimmirut, an Inuit artisan community specialising in soapstone carvings. For those going for the scenery, the Island's sunsets are truly spectacular, while viewings of polar bear, Arctic foxes and ringed seals are commonplace, and - on clear nights - the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) appear, filling the sky with brilliant, otherworldly colours. Those looking for a challenging, though deeply rewarding holiday experience, should look no further than Nunavut's Baffin Island. Pack plenty of warm clothes, and don't forget your camera.

Information & Facts

The official languages are English and French (predominantly in Quebec).

The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud, larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian dollars.

Canada covers six time zones, from GMT 8 in the west to GMT -3.5 in the east.
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