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Welcome to Pond Inlet, Nunavut—One of Canada’s Most Unique Communities

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Located north of 70 degrees on the edge of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet is one of Canada’s most interesting, culturally rich and welcoming communities.

In This Arctic Travel Article You Will Discover:

  • Life in the High Arctic
  • Images of Pond Inlet
  • Inuit Culture & Traditions
  • Icebergs & More

Pond Inlet. Have you been? LOL Of course you haven’t. But don’t feel bad—few have.

Set on the northeast coast of Baffin Island, on the shores of Eclipse Sound and looking towards Bylot Island, Pond Inlet is remote.

At 72 degrees north, it’s well beyond the Arctic Circle. About 1,600 people call the hamlet home, mostly Inuit. As such, it’s a culturally rich and unique community worthy of visit.

It’s also the jumping off point to Sirmilik National Park, one of the wilderness gems of Canada’s national park system. For the adventurous backcountry traveller, Sirmilik is a Holy Grail.

What’s life like in Pond Inlet? Well, for starters, the average daily high temperature in July is 10.5 degrees Celsius. In February, the average daily high is -30.

(The record low, with wind chill, was almost -70.)

Summer brings 24 hours of daylight; winter, 24 hours of darkness.

And the people are friendly. In fact, “friendly people” is their town slogan.

So friendly, when I stopped by for a visit last summer, with One Ocean Expeditions, they proudly spent hours showing us around—finishing with a breathtaking cultural demonstration.

See for yourself:

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Ice speckled the still waters of Eclipse Sound as we approached Pond Inlet. (Bylot Island, pictured.)

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“Two skies.”

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An oasis on the tundra of Baffin Island—Pond Inlet. Pretty decent cellphone service up there, actually.

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And they really were…

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Our ship, the MV Sergey Vavilov, moored offshore of Pond Inlet.

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Qamutiqs—traditionally towed by dogs, today by snowmobiles—are used throughout winter. In summer, they sit idle.

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The thick permafrost makes paving roads nearly impossible.

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Rosie donned a sealskin anorak and mukluks to show us around town.

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This was once the community freezer—kept sub-zero year-round due to permafrost. Because of warming temperatures, it’s no longer safe to enter or use.

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Everyone we met was thrilled we had come to see their town. (The locals were heading out to hunt narwhal when we arrived.)

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This was the original airport building. How would you like waiting for a flight in that at -30?

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Across Eclipse Sound, Bylot Island resembles a chunk of the Rocky Mountains dropped in the High Arctic.

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Downtown Pond Inlet.

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Inuktitut is an extremely challenging language for non-Inuit.

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Arctic Games on display. We had two Olympians with us, and neither could come close to doing this.

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Pure love and celebration; Nunavut’s official song.

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Oh that view.

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Sleepy town.

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Home to the world’s most northerly Tim Horton’s!

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Pond Inlet beach. Care to go for a swim? It’s August and the water is a balmy three degrees Celsius.

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A supply ship passes through Eclipse Sound on its yearly tour of the Nunavut Archipelago.

 

About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

2 comments… add one
  • Mike Dec 11, 2017

    Most unique and beautiful community. I wonder how wonderful kayaking will be here like. I hope i can visit soon.

  • Yasna Dec 10, 2017

    One of Canada’s Most Unique Communities, thank you very much for sharing…

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