Grise Fiord

Fact Sheet:
Region: Baffin
Population: 141 (86% Inuit)
Latitude: 76° 25.2' N, Longitude: 82° 54.0' W
(3,470 km north of Ottawa)

Grise Fiord, located on Ellesmere Island, is the northernmost civilian community in Canada and is also known as Aujuittuq or “the place that never thaws out”.  Tourism is a growing industry, with the remoteness, wildlife, and spectacular scenery drawing people to the area for a unique experience.  The local people heavily rely on the many species of wildlife found in the area including polar bears, seals, walrus, narwhals, beluga whales, muskox, and migratory birds. 

There are a variety of activities available including dog sledding, wildlife observing, hiking, igloo camping, sport fishing and hunting.  Local guides also provide snowmobile and boat trips to nearby locations.  Nirjutiqavvik, or Coburg Island National Wildlife Area, 100 km east of Grise Fiord, provides nesting habitat for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds.

Potential non-renewable resources in the region include: oil and gas, iron, coal, gold, diamonds, uranium, and base metals.

Population Pyramid - Grise Fiord: Click To Enlarge

Population figures based on Statistics Canada 2006 Census