Qikiqtarjuaq-About


 
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Population: 519
 
Qikiqtarjuaq, formerly known as Broughton Island, is located just off the east coast of Baffin Island. Although the island is referred to as “the big island,” as its Inuktitut name suggests, it is actually only 12 km wide by 16 km long.
The community is known for its local wildlife, which includes an abundance of polar bears, walrus, seals, and other marine mammals. Its location along the Davis Straight makes it an excellent location for whale watching.
It’s also famous for being the northern trailhead into Auyuittuq (the land that never melts) National Park. Activities in the park include hiking and backcountry camping in Akshayuk Pass, ski touring on the icefields, travelling along the fiords, and climbing the park's challenging peaks. Hikers, campers and explorers can find a wide range of tours and outfitters in town, and they can buy their park permits at the local Parks Canada office.
Qikiqtarjuaq is also known as the ‘Iceberg and Diving Capital of Nunavut’. The northern cape near the town captures many of the icebergs that travel down Davis Strait from Greenland. The community has local certified divers available for hire throughout the diving season.
One of the more traditional communities in Nunavut, Qikiqtarjuaq is known for its traditional Inuit and modern clothing, including sealskin parkas and kamiit (boots).
 
 
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