Traveling with dangerous goods on commercial airlines
To make your travel easier, we recommend buying your stove fuel in the community where you begin your trip and leave any unused fuel behind. White gas is readily available in the communities. Some compressed tanks may be available – contact stores directly for more information. Outfitters in both communities often accept leftover white gas. Contact outfitters directly. You can also check with local outfitters or stores to see if bear deterrents are available for purchase locally. Commercial deterrents are limited in the north; you will need to check for availability with local outfitters or stores prior to your trip.
We recommend bringing new, unused stoves and new, empty fuel canisters with you to avoid difficulties when travelling. Please keep these items in their original packaging and bring all receipts with you. You will likely also need to leave these items in the communities on your return trip home.
Bear deterrents and many noisemaking devices used to scare bears are strictly prohibited from travel on airplanes.
Due to the problem of travelling with dangerous goods, Sirmilik has a limited supply of bear deterrents to sign out. Please contact the office for more details.
Emergency medical travel and visitors to Nunavut
From the Nunavut Department of Health website:
If you are not a resident of Nunavut and you need medical travel during your stay in the territory, you will be responsible for all medical travel costs.
Visitors needing medevac will be invoiced for the full cost of the flight.
No travel assistance is offered to visitors to return home in the event of an emergency. You will need to make your own travel arrangements.
The Department of Health suggests that you buy travel insurance before visiting Nunavut. Health care in Nunavut can be very expensive. Be prepared for emergencies.