The community of Chesterfield Inlet is the oldest in Nunavut. The current community was established in 1911, but the area has long been important to Inuit. Contact with Europeans in this area started in the 1700’s, and continued to serve as an important trading location between Inuit and European whalers and explorers.
Chesterfield Inlet is the oldest settlement in the Arctic, and served as the Hudson’s Bay Company main supply depot for trading posts in the area. With this hub of commercial activity, it became the centre for education and medicine for the region, as well as the biggest detachment of Royal Canadian Mounted Police and largest Catholic mission in the north.
Some of the early buildings erected by the Catholic Church still stand and provide a vivid reminder of the rich history of the community. Explore the community and discover the history of Nunavut, as this was where first contact took place.
Today, Chesterfield Inlet is a small community known for an abundance of wildlife and for its stronghold of Inuit culture and traditions. Local guides will provide you access to view polar bears, or go whale watching, and see pods of seal, herds of caribou, and migratory birds in their natural habitat. If you want to see wildlife and the people who still depend greatly upon them, then Chesterfield Inlet is a great place gain this vital insight.