Russia is by far the country which most developed its arctic. Since the early 20th century there are railroads to Murmansk. There are also railroad to Norilsk, and it comes close to Yakutsk (there is still the problem of crossing the Lena river). Russia has the largest fleet of icebreakers, and the only ones ever built propelled by nuclear reactors. And half of the population of the Arctic are Russians, and the biggest towns also.
On the other hand, I have a cousin and a sister-in-law living in Canada for more than 6 years. None has ever been to the North. Now, reading the article you mention, I understand why: $3000 for a plane seat from Toronto to Iqaluit!