Whale Cove



Inuktitut name: Tikirarjuaq (Long Point)
Population: 403 (2011)
Time zone: CST
Website: www.whalecove.ca
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The Whale Cove area has been populated by Inuit since at least 1000BC.  In addition, the Whale Cove area saw some of the earliest contact between Inuit and Europeans with the arrival of Henry Hudson in 1611.  Subsequent voyages to search for the missing sea captain saw explorers coming to Whale Cove extensively.  The Hudson’s Bay Company established a trading presence in the area in the early 1700s where modern goods were traded with the excellent local hunters and trappers.

The community of Whale Cove was established in response to the mass starvation of inland Inuit in the 1950’s.  The community was set up by the Canadian Government as a station to provide food and services to Inuit as they were moved from the interior of the Kivalliq region to the coast. 

The community remains closely tied to the land, with hunting, fishing and trapping forming the backbone of the local economy.  Some mineral exploration has taken place in the area in recent times. 

The community, like much of the Kivalliq region is surrounded by low hills, rocky terrain and sits adjacent to the majestic Hudson’s Bay.


Full Community Profile: www.nunavuteda.com/community/whale-cove 

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