Pond Inlet (Nunavut)

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Located on the shores of North Baffin Island, overlooking the waters of Eclipse Sound across to the towering mountains and glaciers of Bylot Island and Sirmilik National Park. Pond Inlet, or Mittimatalik as local residents know it, is a place of beauty and charm where the old traditions of Inuit culture meet the latest technological advances.

This is one of the most spectacular areas to paraski or kite ski. Pond Inlet is considered one of Canada's "jewels of the North". It is one of the most picturesque communities with mountainous ranges viewable from all directions. Icebergs are most often accessible within walking distance of the community, or a short snowmobile ride in winter. If there is no wind on the bay, you can always drive toward Mont Herodier where the channel gets narrower and wind speeds increase.

Pond Inlet boasts a nearby floe edge, several dozen glaciers, ice caves to explore, and many picturesque inlets. Barren-ground caribou, ringed seal, narwhals and polar bears are just some of the wildlife that can be encountered while traveling out on the land. Nunavut also boasts one of Canada's newest national parks named after a majestic glacier which can be viewed north of the community on Bylot Island; Sirmilik National Park.

 

 

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Pond Inlet - About

Pond Inlet
 
Meaning:  "For the Inuit, it is known as Mittimatalik, “the place where Mittima is buried”.
 
Population: 1,500
 
Pond Inlet is located on the northeastern shore of Baffin Island, across from Bylot Island. To the Inuit, it is known as Mittimatalik, “the place where Mittima is buried”. Although the name remains, the identity of Mittima is a mystery to the present-day people of Pond Inlet.Pond Inlet was named in 1818 by explorer John Ross for John Pond an English astronomer. Pond Inlet is the largest of the four hamlets above the 72nd parallel. 
 
Pond Inlet is a treasure trove of gorgeous scenery. The mix of mountains, glaciers, icebergs and floe edge attracts many tourists from all over the world. Outfitters are available to take visitors out on dogsled or snowmobile to see the incredible scenery and abundant wildlife that “Pond” has to offer. Another way to enjoy the natural beauty is by cruise ship, as several make stops in the community during the summer.
The Nattinnak Centre, Pond Inlet’s visitors’ centre, houses interpretive exhibits on the history of the region and nearby attractions, as well as the Rebecca P. Idlout Library of historical materials. Internet access is also available to tourists.
Pond Inlet is a gateway to Eclipse Sound for kayaking, the bird sanctuary at Bylot Island, and Sirmilik National Park. The park offers a variety of wilderness experiences. For winter activities, the best time to visit is spring (late April to early June). For hiking and camping, visit after ice break-up in summer (late July to early September). During ice break-up and freeze-up, the park is not accessible.
 
Tamaarvik Territorial Park Campground, located 4 km south of town, offers campsites for active adventurers. The campground contains remnants of a Thule village, and offers opportunities for hiking and fishing.
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