Traveling with dangerous goods on commercial airlines

Transport Canada has several regulations regarding the transport of used stoves and fuel bottles. If you have any questions about these regulations please contact the inspector from your region.

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 communities often accept leftover white gas.

Pepper spray-style bear deterrents and many noisemaking devices used to scare bears are strictly prohibited from travel on airplanes. These deterrents are also limited in the north; you will need to check for availability with local outfitters or stores prior to your trip.

Please note that due to the problem of travelling with dangerous goods, Ukkusiksalik has a limited supply of bear deterrents to sign out. Please contact the office for more details.

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.


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.