Resolute Bay

Region: 
Qikiqtaaluk/Baffin

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Inuktitut name: Qausuittuq (Place with no dawn)
Population: 242 (2011)
Time zone: EST
Territorial Campground: Tupirvik Territorial Campground
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Overview

The community of Resolute highlights an interesting chapter in Canadian history.  The Canadian Government, under growing pressure from the United States and Russia’s territorial claims in the high arctic sought to establish communities to strengthen Canada’s claim to the area.

Families were relocated from Northern Quebec to Resolute in 1953.  The Canadian and American militaries had already established a weather station and airport in the present location and needed to expand a civilian presence. 

The community was a mix of military and contractors living and working at the airport, while the Inuit were settled at “South Camp”, a few kilometers away.  The tensions and hardship endured by the community are visibly manifest in the bleak landscape.  In between the two communities, crashed military transport aircraft still are visible on the land and the distance between the two places is haunting. 

Today, the community has addressed many of the difficulties that were faced and one will find a surprisingly modern and cosmopolitan oasis in the high arctic.  The airport is an important staging point for high arctic research, tourism and military activities.  The community has diversified beyond the early military beginnings and is now an important and interesting tourism destination. 

The Resolute airport is a busy one with extensive charter flights throughout the rest of the high arctic shuttling researchers and scientists to their field camps.  For aviation buffs, the Resolute airport is home to many legends of Canadian aviation.  Pilots who fly their deHavilland Twin Otters into 700-foot gravel bars, to sea ice fuel caches that move 16 kms per day and to the Geographic North Pole are a unique and capable bunch.

The community does not see the sun for months at an end, and then the sun does not set for months.  This creates a beautiful and sometimes haunting environment where the mountains and hills seem to surround the community. 

Inuit today are masters at extreme hunting, able to capture important food and animals in the long winter darkness.

 

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Select Support Service: Resolute Bay

Located in community of Resolute. 

Hotel and Full Service Restaurant. Catering available with advance notice. 

Vehicle rentals avaliable. 

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867-252-3737
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Hotel and Full Service Restaurant. Catering available with advance notice. Located near Resolute airport.

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867-252-3968
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Located in community of Resolute. 

Hotel and Full Service Restaurant. Catering available with advance notice. 

Vehicle rentals avaliable. 

Contact
867-252-3737
Email:

Hotel and Full Service Restaurant. Catering available with advance notice. Located near Resolute airport.

Contact
867-252-3968
Email:

Located in community of Resolute. 

Hotel and Full Service Restaurant. Catering available with advance notice. 

Vehicle rentals avaliable. 

Contact
867-252-3737
Email:

First Air has a number of regularly scheduled flights connectign to and from Iqaluit, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Ottawa, Montreal. 

Charters can be booked by calling 1-613-254-6200.

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Services almost all communities in Nunavut with both scheduled flights and charter services. 

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Located in community of Resolute. 

Hotel and Full Service Restaurant. Catering available with advance notice. 

Vehicle rentals avaliable. 

Contact
867-252-3737
Email:

Provides vehicle rentals. 

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867-252-3945
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