Our community’s History is unique – if you’re interested in Exploring more check out our Historical Articles and Resources:


  1. History of the Canadian Coast Guard and Marine Services by Thomas E. Appleton.
  2. View a photo of a hand drawn map of Chesterfield Inlet by Frank Davies circa 1932-33 or thereabouts.
  3. View two articles from about Fur Trader, Herbert H. Hall entitled “On Furlough From The Arctic” and Goliath Of The Wilderness.
  4. An Elders Story – Leonie Sammurtok And Mary Nuvak; Leonie Sammurtok has lived in Chesterfield Inlet from the beginning. She has been called “Grandmother of Chesterfield Inlet.” Although her precise age is unknown, Leonie Sammurtok is either mother, grandmother, or great grandmother to more than half the people in this hamlet on the western coast of Hudson Bay. Read her story as reported by David F. Pelly.
  5. View an archived file in Adobe® PDF format from the Hudson’s Bay Company Ltd. giving company historical information on Chesterfield Inlet.
  6. Read more Historical Information on Chesterfield Inlet, the only Arctic community that has survived at one location for more than 80 years
  7. View the Chesterfield Inlet Historical Time Line as it appears on our Town Mural
  8. View a Historical Time Line of Chesterfield Inlet.
  9. View a short history of Captain George Comer who visited the area between 1875 – 1919.
  10. Mr. Douglas sailed into the Arctic in 1916 and served there for 17 years, first with the RNWMP and then with the Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1919 he came down to Chesterfield Inlet to meet the Hudson’s Bay Company supply ship, Nascopie. Read his account of The Wreck of the ‘FINBACK’
  11. View the history of whaling (1860 – 1915) on the Hudson Bay coast by way of a recently produced map detailing whaling activities during this time.
  12. Read information about excavation work that was conducted by the Explorers of the Danish Fifth Thule Expedition 1923 – 1927 in Chesterfield Inlet.
  13. Rights of United States Fishermen Hudson’s Bay – Canadian Government Sends a Revenue Cruiser to Collect Duties on Outfits of Whalers from This Country – Claim That the Bay is a Closed Sea.