Arctic Bay

Region: 
Qikiqtaaluk/Baffin

Info

Inuktitut name: Ikpiarjuk (The Pocket)
Population: 750 (2011)
Time zone: EST
Climate Data
Sunrise Times

 

Overview

Arctic Bay is located in the northwest corner of Baffin Island and is recognized as one of the most beautiful communities in Nunavut.  Nestled snugly amidst stunning mountains, Arctic Bay is a traditional community heavily reliant on hunting, fishing and tourism. 

Archeological evidence and oral history shows that Inuit have inhabited the area dating back 4,500 years.  Excellent hunting in the area has long drawn nomadic groups of Inuit to the area.  The community as it stands today was established with the opening of a Hudson’s Bay Company post in 1933.  An Anglican Mission was established in Moffet Inlet in 1937 and ran until the accidental death of Rev. Turner in 1947. 

With the launch of hostilities in World War II, the military had a requirement for more information from the high arctic, and a weather station was opened in 1941.  The first school was built in 1959 and this brought the slow movement of Inuit off the land and into the community on a permanent basis.  Last Inuit family moved off the land into the community in 1971.  Most of the movement happened in late 60s after the Government of Canada denied some benefits such as Child Support to those living on the land. 

Arctic Bay’s interaction with the outside world exploded in 1976 when the Nanisivik Lead-Zinc mine was opened.  The mine operated until 2002 but it provided Arctic Bay with excellent air and marine links to the outside world.  Until the opening of the Meadowbank Mine north of Baker Lake, the Nanisivik road was the longest in Nunavut at 21 kilometers. 

Nanisivik wharf will become a hub for the Canadian Navy as it builds a refueling facility.  Arctic Bay continues to have a traditional economy with arts and craft, hunting and tourism providing income.  

 

Full Community Profile: www.nunavuteda.com/community/arctic-bay

Select Support Service: Arctic Bay

Meals available with advance notice.

Contact
867-439-8005
Fax : 867-439-8007

Bed and Breakfast

Contact
867-439-8193

Meals available with advance notice.

Contact
867-439-8005
Fax : 867-439-8007
Contact
867-439-8352

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.

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

Air Nunavut operates 9 to 13 seat twin turbine aircraft from Iqaluit, NU

Vehicle rentals

Contact
439-8750

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."

Contact
867-252-3845

Vehicle rentals

Contact
439-8005,439-8227

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. 

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

Vehicle rentals

Contact
439-8273

Community Economic Development Officer
 

Hamlet of Arctic Bay
Box 78
Arctic Bay, NU X0A 0A0

Contact
867-439-8276
Fax : 867-439-8081
Contact
Community Liaison Officer
867-252-3127

Community Economic Development Officer
 

Hamlet of Arctic Bay
Box 78
Arctic Bay, NU X0A 0A0

Contact
867-439-8276
Fax : 867-439-8081