Coral Harbour, in Inuktitut Salliq meaning ‘large flat island in front of the mainland’ is located on Southampton Island at the north end of Hudson Bay. It has been a traditional meeting place for Inuit since 500 BC because of the abundance of marine life and migratory birds. It is the base for the best walrus and whale viewing at nearby Coats Island.
The community is fiercely proud of their way of life, and continues to be one of the most traditional economies and cultures in Nunavut, dependent on hunting a fishing. The locals will show you that Inuit culture is not only a historical one, but a modern and thriving one as well. Essential experiences include:
- Visiting local Parks - the Fossil Creek Trail, Harry Gibbons Migratory Bird Sanctuary, and the East Bay Migratory Birds Sanctuary
- Trekking to Coats Island to soak in the spectacular sea mammals- walrus, whales
- Exploring the modern roots of the community through the original buildings at the base
- Visiting traditional and contemporary artists making unique art