Clyde River



Inuktitut name: Kangitugaapik (nice little Inlet)
Population: 820 (2011)
Time zone: EST
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Located on the eastern coast of Baffin Island, Clyde River has become known for both preservation of Inuit culture, and the majestic cliffs of the many fiords and mountains in the area. 

The abundance of wildlife in the area has made the Clyde River area an important hunting ground for Inuit for nearly 2000 years.  Unlike many other regions of Nunavut, Clyde River’s first contact with Europeans were not with British explorers or whalers, but rather Norse Vikings around 1000 AD.  These early visitors called the area “Helluland”. 

The modern community was formed around the Hudson’s Bay Company post, which was opened in 1924.  The push of the Canadian Government in the 1960’s to educate Inuit led to the establishment of a Federal Day School in the community in 1962. 

The community was founded on hunting and trapping, and today this tradition continues.  The importance of hunting and Inuit culture led to the Government of Nunavut to create the Piqqusilirivvik Inuit Cultural School in 2011.  This school provides young Inuit with the opportunity to be immersed in traditional hunting, sewing, and Inutktitut cultural activities. 

With the abundance of sheer cliffs, Clyde River has become a Mecca for extreme adventure seekers.  Most notably in Sam Ford Fiord, base jumpers take advantage of some of the world’s highest cliff faces to pursue their adrenaline rush.  Rock climbers also are drawn to the local Fiords. 


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First Air has a number of regularly scheduled flights connectign to and from Iqaluit, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Ottawa, Montreal. 

Charters can be booked by calling 1-613-254-6200.

( toll free : 1-800-267-1247 )

Kenn Borek Air provides off-strip Twin Otter, Turbine DC-3, and King Air charter services from Resolute.

"Working in the Arcrtic is our passion and has defined who we are for many years. We pride ourselves in our knowledge of the most remote areas and harshest environments. We have supported the Canadian government's scientific research out of our Resolute Bay location for many years. Working with our joint ventures, Aklak Air and Unaalik Aviation, we provide charter flights across the Canadian north in whatever capacity required."


Kivalliq Air bases 9 seat twin and single engine turboprop aircraft in Iqaluit.

Services almost all communities in Nunavut with both scheduled flights and charter services. 

( toll free : 1-800-661-1505 )
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