Pond Inlet

Region: 
Qikiqtaaluk/Baffin

Info

Inuktitut name: Mittimatalik (Place where Mitima is buried)
Population: 1549 (2011)
Time zone: EST
Website: www.pondinlet.ca
Territorial Campground: Tamaarvik Territorial Campground
National Park: Sirmilik
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Overview

Pond Inlet is one of the Nunavut communities that will truly take your breath away.  Located in the Eclipse Sound and overlooking Bylot Island, the scenery is truly spectacular. 

The local area is teeming with wildlife.  Beluga, Narwhal, Bowhead Whales, Orca and seals all frequent the area.  Millions of migratory birds occupy nearby Bylot Island.  The scenery and the wildlife and the friendliness of the people of Pond Inlet have made it a “must see” destination in the Arctic.

Inuit have occupied the area for over 1000 years and were joined by the rush of whaling ships from the United States and Europe in the 1800’s.  Unusually, the first trading post in Pond Inlet was not opened by the Hudson’s Bay Company, but rather by private Scottish investors in 1910. In 1912, both Anglican and Catholic Missions were opened.  The Hudson’s Bay Company opened a trading post in 1923. 

The Canadian Government established a school in Pond Inlet in 1961 and this led to many Inuit moving from their nomadic lifestyle and becoming permanent residents of Pond Inlet.  Throughout the 1970’s, Pond Inlet became a hotbed of the Co-operatives movement, with the establishment of the Toonoonik Sahoonik Co-operative, which opened a store, a hotel and a tourism operation.

In recent times, Pond Inlet has become a thriving Government centre, with Government of Nunavut offices located in the community.  Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation is also in the process of building an Iron Ore mine, at nearby Mary River.  This mine is expected to fuel growth in Pond Inlet on an unprecedented scale. 

Today, Pond Inlet is the largest community in Northern Baffin Island, and enjoys excellent infrastructure and air transportation links.  Nearby Sirmilik National Park and Tamaarvik Territorial Park provides visitors with world class experiences.  

 

Full Community Profile: www.nunavuteda.com/community/pond-inlet

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