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Baker Lake

Baker Lake, home to approximately 1,636, is Nunavut’s only inland community. It is located on Baker Lake at the mouth of the Thelon Heritage River about 40 kilometres from the Canada’s geographic centre.

Baker Lake is an important cultural, arts and crafts centre and the community is home of the Inuit Heritage Centre. The Centre represents the culture of nine different groups of Inuit that used to live in the Baker Lake area. The collection consists of handmade traditional objects as well as artifacts and art on loan from other institutions such as The Canadian Museum of Civilization, The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, The MacDonald Stewart Art Centre and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Fast Facts:

  • Community name means - A Huge Widening of a River
  • Population 92% Inuit, 8% non-Inuit
  • High speed Internet
  • Post office
  • Community Learning Centre operated by Nunavut Arctic College Central time zone
  • No direct southern air routes
  • No banks – ATM at Northern Store
  • Alcohol is prohibited, but local Alcohol Education Committee is being formed to determine who may purchase
  • Taxi service
  • Northern Store (with fast food restaurant); Co-op, art gallery
  • Accommodation options
  • Health Centre