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 northern tundra. Discover historic archaeological or heritage sites, the ancient Thule sites or the Heritage buildings, or go trek, whale watching, fish for arctic char or lake trout, view polar bear or tundra 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 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) est. 1903 at Cape Fullerton, to the first establishment of the ‘Roman Catholic Mission’ in 1912, and the ‘Lamson and Hubbard Fur Trading Company’ posts est. 1920, to the ‘Grey Nun’s of Nicolet – Quebec’ at ‘Ste. Therese’s Hospital’ est. 1930’s.

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Welcome to Chesterfield Inlet