About Pond Inlet

3000 km north of Ottawa, Pond Inlet is the northernmost community on Baffin Island in Nunavut, Canada.

Pond Inlet

At 72 degrees 41 minutes North and 77 degrees 58 minutes West, Pond Inlet is 644 km (400 miles) above the Arctic Circle.

95% of Pond's 1,500 residents are Inuit. The language spoken by the Inuit is Inuktitut, and although English is spoken, Inuktitut is still the most commonly used language.

This part of Nunavut experiences 24 hours of darkness in the winter and 24 hours of daylight in the summer.

Pond Inlet is not connected to any other communities by road. Visitors must take a two and a half hour flight from Iqaluit. Cruise ships visit occassionally during the brief summer season.

The rugged landscape around Pond Inlet is spectacular on a grand scale, with stunning glaciers, mountains and icebergs. Equally impressive but on a tiny scale is the tundra vegetation of lichens and wildflowers that miraculously bursts forth every summer from the scant layer of soil covering the permafrost. The waters offshore teem with narwhals, beluga whales and seals.

People have lived in this area of the Arctic for thousands of years hunting caribou, seals and polar bears. Now mixing traditional and modern cultures, some families maintain their hunting and fishing livelihood while others work in government, construction, and the service and tourism industries.

Pond Inlet

 

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