Arctic Guide in Nunavik

Arctic Guide in Nunavik


Cégep de Saint-Félicien

Nasivvik Centre, Kangiqsujuaq

Attestation of College Studies (ACS)

1,290 hours
includes many outdoor outings

Training Description

Do you enjoy fresh air? Are you passionate about the culture, territory and history of the Inuit people? This program is for you!

This program prepares you for an exciting career as an Arctic Guide in Nunavik.

As a guide, your work will consist of guiding and supervising groups of visitors during activities, excursions (one day or less) or expeditions (more than 24 hours with at least one overnight stay).

As part of your duties, you will be able to lead a group, provide first aid, and respond to emergency situations in the Arctic environment. You will also possess the technical qualifications required to lead an activity in the Arctic environment.

As a guide, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Act as an ambassador to your community to disseminate information about your activities and your work as a guide.
  • Supervise a stay for a type of activity or a combination of activities, in an environment marked by changing and unpredictable weather conditions.

As a guide, you will be able to adapt to a clientele interested in the following:

  • Variations in the type of trip: daily excursions with return to the departure site or multi-activity tours with overnight stays in other locations.
  • Varied experiences: immersion in nature with a strong ethnocultural content, wildlife content, or focused on practicing and learning sports or outdoor activities.
  • Variable levels of comfort: shelters, winter camping, resorts, hotel structures, outfitters, etc.
  • Variable levels of risk: : depending on the environment (isolation, difficult terrain, etc.) or the nature of the activities or means of transportation used.
  • Variable levels of intensity: soft, medium and hard adventures.

Admission requirements

Candidates must meet certain criteria.

Must meet the following conditions:

  • Be eligible for the Artic Guide in Nunavik program, which leads to an Attestation of College Studies. The program is open to anyone whose training is deemed sufficient by the college and who meets one of the following conditions:
  • Candidate’s studies have been interrupted for at least 2 consecutive terms or one school year;
  • Candidate is covered by an agreement between the college and an employer or by a government program;
  • Candidate has completed at least one year of post-secondary studies over a period of one year or more.

Must meet the following conditions:

  • Have completed secondary training or any other training deemed relevant.
  • Relevant work experience.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • A well-kept appearance.
  • Be a resident of Nunavik.