Nunavut Summary

Much of Nunavut is arctic tundra with one of the impressive landscapes of the northern hemisphere. Over 26 million acres of boreal forest in the arctic are vulnerable to the damaging forest pests already invading other provinces in Canada. For example, many visitors to Nunavut come from areas regulated for pests such as the emerald ash borer, Dutch elm disease, and mountain pine beetle. Since these and other harmful tree pests spread to new areas when people travel with untreated firewood, it is illegal to move firewood out of a regulated area without a movement certificate from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Below is a summary of the CFIA recommendations when handling firewood for home heating and camping uses in Canada. These recommendations are designed to prevent the spread of pests both within and across provinces.

  • Buy certified heat-treated and/or local firewood, ideally from within.
  • Do not bring firewood into a Canadian National Park.

Most parks and special places in Nunavut do not permit fires. Those that do may have restrictions on the use or movement of firewood, so be sure to determine the rules at your destination before bringing firewood.

Bringing firewood from Canada into the USA is prohibited unless the firewood is labeled and certified heat-treated. Read about these requirements on the USDA and CBP firewood information sheet.

Bringing firewood from the USA into Canada is prohibited unless the firewood is labeled and certified heat-treated. Canada also encourages visitors to use local firewood.

This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 5 August 2021.

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Nanavut Specific Information

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