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).