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 




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).