Much of Nunavut is arctic tundra with one of the most 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 areas in Canada and the US. 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 often 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). Canadian authorities urge residents and visitors to buy and burn local firewood with the following recommendations to prevent the further spread of invasive pests:

  • Buy local and certified heat-treated firewood (within 80km)
  • Do not bring outside firewood into Canada’s national parks
  • Do not remove firewood out of any campground
  • Tell others about the dangers of moving firewood long distances

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; when in doubt, buy local burn local.

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 3 November 2023.

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For more information, visit our General Canada Information page.

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