Canada's Arctic Towns. Home to Inuit, Metis, Various First Nation & European Descent People. Rich in Culture, Heritage & History. Like no place else on Earth!
Portions of the Arctic Ocean, Beaufort Sea, Baffin Bay and various, Fiords, Sounds, Channels & Inlets etc. are a part of Canada's Arctic region. Also north of the 60th. parallel we find three territories, they are: Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon.
These Territories are home to 79 communities of varying sizes with a total population of about 107,000 people.
The history, heritage, culture and ethnicity of those 79 towns vary greatly across the vast area of this sprawling region.
Some of those settlements have an history going back hundreds even thousands of years. Others have been settled in more recent history following the discovery of commercially viable natural resources and the need for a workforce in that particular area.
Below is a listing of the communities in each of the three Canadian Territories. Click on the tab for each community to learn more about the people, industry, culture and history of each.
You will also find links, resources and all sorts of need to know information about each town.
The first group of towns we will visit are in Nunavut. There are 28 towns scattered throughout 3 administrative regions in this territory, with a total population of about 30,000. 85% of the population are Inuit. The Capital of this territory is Iqaluit.
The 3 administrative regions of Nunavut are...
The territory is comprised of almost 2,000,000 square kilometers. Boarding Manitoba on the south, to the northern tip of Ellesmere Island in the north, reaching as far west as the Amundsen Gulf and encompassing all of Baffin Island on its eastern side, this vast territory is almost one fifth of Canada's total landmass.
THE 14 TOWNS OF QIKIQTAALUF (BAFFIN)
THE 7 TOWNS OF KIVALLIQ (KEEWATIN)
THE 7 TOWNS OF KITIKMEOT
The next group of towns we will visit are in The Northwest Territories. There are 34 towns scattered throughout 5 regions, with a total population of about 42,000. The capital of this territory is Yellowknife.
The 5 regions of The Northwest Territories are…
The territory is comprised of just over 1,140,000 square kilometres. Boarding Yukon on the west, Nunavut on the east, British Columbia, Alberts and Saskatchewan on the south and reaching as far north as the northern tip of Borden Island.
The Northwest Territories are also home to Great Slave Lake, Great Bear Lake and the MacKenzie River Delta which flows into the Beaufort Sea.
THE 8 TOWNS OF INUVIK
THE 5 TOWNS OF SAHTU
THE 8 TOWNS OF DEHCHO
THE 8 TOWNS OF NORTH SLAVE
THE 5 TOWNS OF SOUTH SLAVE
The final group of towns we will be visiting in the Arctic make up the Territory of Yukon. There are 17 towns with a total population of 34,984, the capital being Whitehorse.
The Yukon has a land area of 474,391 square kilometres, this represents 4.8% of Canada's total area.
The highest point in Canada is in the St, Elias Mountains in Yukon's Kluane Park. Mount Logan has an elevation of 5959 meters (19,550 feet) above sea level.
THE 17 TOWNS OF YUKON
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