|Electoral district||Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet|
|Settled||1911, Hudson's Bay Company post|
|Incorporated (hamlet)||1 April 1980|
|• Mayor||Barnie Aggark|
|• Senior Administrative Officer||Richard Van Horne|
|• MLA||Alexander Sammurtok|
|• Total||139.49 km2 (53.86 sq mi)|
|Elevation||11 m (36 ft)|
|• Density||2.8/km2 (7.4/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC−06:00 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−05:00 (CDT)|
|Canadian Postal code|
Chesterfield Inlet (Inuktitut: Igluligaarjuk, syllabics: ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒑᕐᔪᒃ) is a hamlet located on the western shore of Hudson Bay, Kivalliq Region, in Nunavut, Canada, at the mouth of Chesterfield Inlet. Igluligaarjuk is the Inuktitut word for "place with few houses", it is the oldest community in Nunavut. The community is served by air, Chesterfield Inlet Airport, and by an annual supply known as sealift.
Inuit from the Chesterfield Inlet region are called Qaernermiut, though previously, they were referred to as Kenepitic, Kenepetu or Kenepitu.
|Source: Statistics Canada |
In the 2021 Canadian census conducted by Statistics Canada, Chesterfield Inlet had a population of 397 living in 116 of its 131 total private dwellings, a change of -9.2% from its 2016 population of 437. With a land area of 139.49 km2 (53.86 sq mi), it had a population density of 2.8/km2 in 2021.
The community has been served by the Qiniq network since 2005. Qiniq is a fixed wireless service to homes and businesses, connecting to the outside world via a satellite backbone. The Qiniq network is designed and operated by SSI Micro. In 2017, the network was upgraded to 4G LTE technology, and 2G-GSM for mobile voice.
Chesterfield Inlet has a subarctic climate (Dfc) with short but cool summers and long cold winters.
|Climate data for Chesterfield Inlet (Chesterfield Inlet Airport)|
Climate ID: 2300707; coordinates ; elevation: 9.8 m (32 ft); 1981–2010 normals
|Record high humidex||−7.4||−8.0||1.6||1.5||12.6||23.8||35.4||37.0||20.8||12.1||1.4||0.2||37.0|
|Record high °C (°F)||−3.0|
|Average high °C (°F)||−27.3|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−30.9|
|Average low °C (°F)||−34.3|
|Record low °C (°F)||−46.0|
|Record low wind chill||−66.3||−70.7||−64.7||−50.5||−33.6||−18.3||0.0||−9.5||−17.9||−40.1||−54.6||−60.9||−70.7|
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||10.4|
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||0.0|
|Average snowfall cm (inches)||11.2|
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm)||4.2||3.7||4.3||5.0||4.9||6.0||7.9||9.9||9.7||8.8||7.6||5.4||77.3|
|Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm)||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.1||1.6||5.4||7.9||9.9||8.4||3.4||0.0||0.0||36.6|
|Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm)||4.2||3.7||4.4||4.9||3.3||0.7||0.0||0.0||1.5||5.7||7.7||5.4||41.4|
|Average relative humidity (%)||79.0||67.6||74.9||82.0||84.4||70.9||68.0||72.5||77.4||87.3||83.0||75.3||76.9|
|Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010|
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