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 tent rings, and fox traps made of stone are still visible. 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 photos of breathtaking scenery of surrounding land area, the Bay front waters, the Plant life or Berries, Birds and Wildlife or Marine life, and Archaeological or Heritage sites (back-in-time), and Thule sites or requests 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 in 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 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 the whaling declined RNWMP barracks moved to Chesterfield Inlet post, 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 RNWMP Inuit guides on dog team or boat.
To enquire volunteer service for spring fishing derby, day trip activities or long weekend events, and Hamlet day celebrations in May (day after Victoria Day) 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. In winter months, sunrise and sunset day length is approx. six to seven hours in 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 the Conservation Officer, Department of Environment, Government of Nunavut phone: 1-867- 898-9130.