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Gjoa Haven

Gjoa Haven, home to approximately 1,059, is situated on the southeast coast of King William Island on the Northwest Passage, and is the nearest community to where the Franklin Expedition perished. History buffs from around the world are attracted to Gjoa Haven.

This community is built on sand and boulders covering limestone bedrock. Wildlife in this area can include caribou, muskox, wolf, and fox, but locals often have to travel quite a distance to hunt. Residents enjoy fishing during the summer months. Arts and crafts are important community which has a large number of carvers. http://mailhub.edu.nu.ca/kitikmeot/orientation/GjoaHaven.html

Fast Facts:

  • Community name means - Place of Plenty of Fat
  • Population 94% Inuit, 6% non-Inuit
  • High speed Internet
  • Post office
  • Community Learning Centre operated by Nunavut Arctic College
  • Mountain time zone
  • No direct southern air routes
  • No banks – ATM at Northern Store and Co-op
  • Alcohol is prohibited
  • Taxi service
  • Hotel
  • Arena, arcade, smoke shop
  • Community Health Centre
  • Library