Cruise Tourism

The Canadian Arctic has been experiencing growing levels of cruise tourism, primarily from small expedition cruises with vessels carrying up to several hundred passengers, and more recently also from larger cruise ships carrying up to 1400 passengers. While shipping in the Canadian Arctic is governed by a number of important rules and regulations, the Nunavut Marine Council recognizes cruise tourism carries particular risks and potential for adverse effects owing to the large number of passengers, and the tendency to target sensitive areas and wildlife habitat for visits.


Cruise Shipping Season 2020

In order help limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada announced new measures for ferries and commercial passenger vessels capable of carrying more than 12 passengers. Measures were announced on April 5, 2020 that prohibit any Canadian cruise ship mooring, navigating, or transiting in Canadian Arctic waters until October 31, 2020. More information is available at:


 Guidelines for Passenger Vessels Operating in the Canadian Arctic

Transport Canada led a working group of northern organizations and industry stakeholders in developing “Guidelines for Passenger Vessels Operating in the Canadian Arctic”. These guidelines are intended to assist vessel operators and designated vessel representatives in achieving successful voyages and promoting good relations with all residents in the Canadian Arctic. Additional Nunavut marine resources are included at the end of the document.