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 sod plantains foreground are still visible, or other stone structures. Take a photo op of tent rings, kayak stands, food caches, or fox traps made of stone. For details about our Community or History, download our brochure: Guided Walking Tour
There are several fishing areas near the community or along Bay front coast (Spurrell harbour), within walking distance or atv (all-terrain vehicle) trail. Try your luck to catch a lake trout, arctic grayling, white fish, cod or arctic char. Take a photo op of breathtaking scenery of surrounding land area or Bay front waters, the plant life, berries, birds, the wildlife or marine mammals, and archaeological or Heritage sites (back-in-time), the Thule sites or request for a tour of the Heritage buildings or Fox Trap island. Eco boat trips, canoe, kayak or atv day trail can be arranged with local Guides June, July, August or September (weather permitting), or to Fullerton Harbour to tour the original R.N.W.M.P (Royal North West Mounted Police) barracks est. 1901, in turn of the century by the Federal Government. Cape Fullerton R.N.W.M.P 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 Inuit and the Euro-American whalers. Depot island was also an anchor Harbour during open water season or winter Station, with early Explorers or Whalers. This followed the 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 R.N.W.M.P barracks moved to Chesterfield Inlet, and Fullerton out-post was used only part time by Mounties, as a stop on patrols for many years to remote Inuit camps, or other out-posts along coastal areas, and inland with the R.N.W.M.P Inuit Guides on Dog team or boat.
To inquire volunteer spring fishing derby or day trip activities, and long weekend events or Hamlet day celebrations May (day after Victoria Day) or June contact Recreation Coordinator phone: 1-867- 898-9081. Information on Dog-team sled Day trips or rates contact Dog Team Guide. Experience 24 hour daylight, spring or summer. In winter months, sunrise and sunset day length is approximate 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 fishery begins June to September, fishing licences’ can be obtain from Conservation Office, the Department of Environment, Government of Nunavut phone: 1-867- 898-9130.