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The Community of Grise Fiord Health Centre.

Grise Fiord

Grise Fiord, home to approximately 145, has the distinction of being Canada’s most northerly community. It is located on the southern tip of Ellesmere Island. Towering icebergs drift past the community when the ice melts in summer. The rest of the year the community overlooks a frozen sea. Local marine life includes walrus, beluga whales, guillemots, seals and polar bears. http://www.grisefiord.ca/eng/index.html

Fast Facts:

  • Community name means - Place That Never Thaws Out
  • Population 87% Inuit, 13% non-Inuit
  • High speed Internet
  • Post office
  • Community Learning Centre operated by Nunavut Arctic College
  • Eastern time zone
  • No direct southern air routes
  • No banks – credit cards and debit cards are generally accepted
  • Alcohol is not restricted, expected for a period of prohibition during the month of December and the first week of January
  • Co-op
  • Small hotel
  • Health Centre