Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut


Qikiqtarjuaq ("big island") was known until 1 November 1998 as Broughton Island. It is an island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, located in Davis Strait off eastern Baffin Island. 

Near Qikiqtarjuaq, the rugged peaks of Baffin Island offer spectacular vistas both from the air and on the ground. These mountains are the highest in North America east of the Rockies.

The island is known for Arctic wildlife, whale watching and as the northern access point for Auyuittuq National Park (see also Pangnirtung).

The island is really close to the Baffin coast separated by a narrow channel which creates corridors where the wind can be either strong or absent entirely.

From the South, the wind is good on the other side of the island on Davis Strait. The North wind is great right in the bay, in front of the community. From the East, you could find it at the end of the Airport Runway.

If there isn’t any wind, you can always snowboard or downhill ski in the bowl in front of the icebergs near the caves. There is so much more to explore if you go on Baffin Island (main land) toward the Ayukktik National Park.


Arctic Wind Riders Club


From January to the end of May, residents and visitors can take lessons or rent paraski equipment through the Club. 

Initiation course registration by reservation only.

Equipment Rental: kites, harness, skis, boots and helmets 

Contact:  Recreation Services