Welcome to Chesterfield Inlet, the original Arctic community.

A visit to Chesterfield will be the experience of a lifetime. Explore our Historic community carved out of the Arctic tundra. Discover historic Inuit sites, the ancient Thule sites or the Heritage buildings or go trek, whale watching, fish for Arctic Char/ Lake Trout or view polar bear or barren ground Caribou in their natural surroundings, an immerse yourself into our culture and the warm hospitality of the Inuit people.

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Igluligaarjuk (Inuktitut Name)

Meaning: Place with few ‘Thule Houses’

The Municipality of Chesterfield Inlet is located in Nunavut, just south of the Arctic Circle in Northern Canada on the west coast of Hudson Bay. Chester’s history dates back to about the mid-1800’s, and was once the ‘Hudson’s Bay Company’s Ltd.’ main supply centre for other posts in the area during the early fur-pelt trade industry, to the early whaling era of the ‘Scottish and American Whaler’s’, and the first post of the ‘R.N.W.M.P.’ (Royal North West Mounted Police) at Cape Fullerton est. 1903, an to the first establishment of the ‘Roman Catholic Mission’ in 1912 to the ‘Lamson and Hubbard Fur Trading Company’ posts est. 1920, and the ‘Grey Nun’s of Nicolet – Quebec’ at ‘Ste. Therese’s Hospital’ est. 1930’s.

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