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Arviat, home to approximately 2,056, is located on the western shore of Hudson Bay in Nunavut’s Kivalliq Region. Arviat is a significant governmnent services centre.

Shallow lakes are scattered around the community with low sandy marshes, muskeg and long tidal flats. In the summer, the area attracts thousands of migrating birds and is home to the McConnell River Bird Sanctuary. Fishing, boating, snowmobiling and dog team travel are popular local activities.

Fast Facts:

  • Community name means - Bowhead Whale
  • Population 92% Inuit, 8% non-Inuit
  • High speed Internet
  • Post office
  • Community Learning Centre operated by Nunavut Arctic College
  • Central time zone
  • Direct flights from Winnipeg
  • No banks – ATM machines
  • Alcohol is prohibited
  • Taxi service
  • Co-op, Northern Store, and a lumber store that sells hardware, materials and groceries
  • Hotel and B&B options
  • Health Centre
  • Library