Historical Walking Tour

Our self-guided walking tours of Chesterfield Inlet encourage visitors to learn about our community’s History, culture and way of life. Consider visiting the nearby Thule sites where ancient Inuit tent rings and fox traps made of stone are still visible. For more details about our community or history download our brochure: Guided Walking Tour


There are several fishing areas near the community or along the Bay front coast (Spurrell harbour) within walking distance or atv (all-terrain vehicle). Try your luck to catch a lake trout, arctic grayling, white fish, cod or arctic char. Take photos of breathtaking scenery of surrounding land area, the Bay front waters, the Plant life or Berries, Birds and Wildlife or the Marine life, and Archaeological or Heritage sites (back-in-time); the Thule sites or requests for a tour of the Heritage buildings or the fox trap island. Eco boat trips or atv day trail can be arranged with local Guides or to Fullerton harbour to tour originally the R.N.W.M.P (Royal North West Mounted Police) barracks est. 1901 in turn of the century by the Federal Government. Cape Fullerton RNWMP post was set up, mainly to serve as a customs post for the activities of the American whalers, and to administer whaling licences, collect customs, control the flow of liquor, and to maintain order.

The Fullerton Harbour was a popular wintering station for American and Scottish whaling ships, and a trading point between the Inuit, and the Euro-American whalers. Depot island was also a anchor Harbour during open water season or winter Station with early explorers or whalers. This followed fur-pelt trade post of the Hudson’s Bay Company Ltd. est. 1911, the R.C. Mission est. 1912, and the Grey Nun’s of Nicolet, Quebec est. 1930’s in Chesterfield Inlet post. When whaling declined the RNWMP barracks moved to Chesterfield Inlet post, and Fullerton out-post was used part time by Mounties, as a stop on patrols many years to remote Inuit camps or out-posts through coastal areas, and inland with RNWMP Inuit guides on dog team or boat.

If you would like to take part in volunteer spring fishing derby, day trip activities or long weekend events, Hamlet day Celebrations (day after Victoria Day) May or June, contact Recreation Coordinator phone: 1-867- 898-9081. Information on Dog-team sled Day trips, Excursion or Rates contact Dog Team Guide. Experience 24 hour daylight in spring or summer season. In winter months, sunrise and sunset day length is approx. six to seven hours, December to February. Experience or take a photo op of glint light scenery of Northern lights in the evening. The Iqalukpik Fish plant arctic char commercial fishing begins June to September, fishing Licences’ can be obtain from Conservation Officer, the Department of Environment, Government of Nunavut phone: 1-867- 898-9130 (Office).


Historical Walking Tour

  1. Noel Nuvak Arena
  2. Community Freezer
  3. Victor Sammurtok School
  4. Qulliq Energy Corporation
  5. Hamlet Office (Hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet-Municipal Government)
  6. Pitsiulak Co-op Association Ltd. Store, and Tangmavik Hotel/ Inns North
  7. Northern Store
  8. Tank Farm (Fuel Service)
  9. Pimakslirvik Corporation (Home Care), and Chesterfield Inlet Development Corporation
  10. Kajuqjuk Health Centre
  11. Nunavut Arctic College Learning Centre
  12. Kingnguvaaq Ltd. Retail Store, Taxi, Cargo, and Calm Air Agent
  13. Notre Dame De La Deliverande Roman Catholic Mission, and Community Drop-In Centre
  14. Chesterfield Inlet Housing Association
  15. Department of Community and Government Services
  16. Iqalukpik Fish Plant
  17. Chesterfield Inlet R.C.M.P. Detachment
  18. Hamlet Garages
  19. Pairivik Daycare Centre
  20. Pitsiulak Co-op Association Ltd. (Warehouse)
  21. Fire Hall
  22. Naja Isabelle Home Care (Residential Care Facility), The Department of Health
  23. Reservoir

Historical Sites

  1. M.O.T. (Ministry of Transport) Staff House Building’s (B)
  2. Grave Site of R.C.M.P. Officers’ Wife (O)
  3. First School (Sir Joseph-Bernier Federal Day School), presently Hotel, Store and Offices (H)
  4. St. Theresa Hospital (G)
  5. Hudson’s Bay Company (Depot and Trading Post) (F)
  6. Hudson’s Bay Company (Pig Shed) (E)
  7. Mission Power House (K)
  8. Hudson’s Bay Company (Post or Managers House) (J)
  9. Mission Hospital Freezer and Storage Shed (D)
  10. Hudson’s Bay Company (Post/ Staff House and Shed for Drying Fox Furs) (M)
  11. Ministry of Transport Power House (N)
  12. R.C.M.P. Post (Post-Office, Staff House and Office) (C)
  13. R.C.M.P. Building’s Sites (Q)
  14. Ministry of Transport (First Radio Station) (A)
  15. Ministry of Transport (Radio Station and Weather or Research Station) (P)
  16. Hudson’s Bay Company (Coal Storage) (L)
  17. Government Staff House (Teachers) (R)
  18. Mission Staff House (S)
  19. Mission Storage Buildings (T)
  20. Mission Hospital Green House (U)
  21. Turquetil Hall Site (V)