|• Type||Hamlet Council|
|• Mayor||Harry Alookie|
|• MLAs||Pauloosie Keyootak|
|• Total||130.71 km2 (50.47 sq mi)|
|Elevation||6 m (20 ft)|
|• Density||4.6/km2 (12/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (EDT)|
|Canadian Postal code|
Qikiqtarjuaq (Inuktitut pronunciation: [qikiqtaʁjuˈaq] ; formerly known as Broughton Island until November 1998 // , ) is a community located on Broughton Island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. The island is known for Arctic wildlife (ring seals, polar bears, bowhead whales, narwhals), bird watching (Qaqulluit National Wildlife Area ), and as the northern access point for Auyuittuq National Park (see also Pangnirtung)
Qikiqtarjuaq hosts an annual "Suicide Prevention Walk". 60 km (37 mi) across the tundra from Kivitoo, an old whaling station. Today the walk is much shorter than the original two and a half days, but it is still meant to promote hope among the community.Local participants would walk a total distance of
The community hosts a two-week celebration over the Christmas and New Year period every year. Visitors are warmly welcomed and encouraged to join the festivities and games.
Near Qikiqtarjuaq was the home of FOX-5, a Distant Early Warning Line and now a North Warning System site.
In July 2011, Qikiqtarjuaq was featured in the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Cabin Pressure .
Qikiqtarjuaq is situated above the Arctic Circle and off eastern Baffin Island. Davis Strait and Baffin Bay run to the east, and the Baffin Mountains are located to the west, more specifically the Arctic Cordillera mountain range. It is also one of the Nunavut communities closest to Greenland.
In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Qikiqtarjuaq had a population of 593 living in 164 of its 193 total private dwellings, a change of -0.8% from its 2016 population of 598. With a land area of 130.8 km2 (50.5 sq mi), it had a population density of 4.5/km2 (11.7/sq mi) in 2021.
It is served by Qikiqtarjuaq Airport, IATA : YVM, ICAO : CYVM.
There are two grocery stores; The Co-Op and the Northern store (with a Canada Post kiosk). There are no restaurants or banks. Various accommodations are available. A health centre and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment are present as well. The health centre is composed of two nurses, an X-ray technician, a community health coordinator, a mental health worker, and administrative staff.
The community has a hamlet building where municipal affairs are conducted with a large community hall and meeting room. There is one school for K-12 students called Inuksuit School, and attached to the building is a small campus for Arctic College. The Piqalujaujaq Visitors Centre shares a building with the Auyuittuq National Park office. Access to Auyuittuq National Park north entrance is approximately 2 hours by boat in the summer months, 2 - 2.5 hours by vehicle or snowmobile in winter months. All park visitors must register and book an orientation session prior to entry into the park, and non-Inuit who visit Auyuittuq must do so by hiring a local licensed operator.
Qikiqtarjuaq is a popular stop for pilots who fly smaller aircraft to and from Europe. The airport has a 3,803 by 100 ft (1,159 by 30 m) gravel runway that is maintained. Qikiqtarjuaq is considerably closer to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland than Iqaluit (CYFB). The instrument approach minima for the non-directional beacon (NDB) approach at CYVM is relatively high (2,000 feet barometric, 1,982 AGL) due to high terrain surrounding the airport. An airport advisory service, Qikiqtarjuaq Airport Radio, a Community Airport Radio Station (CARS), provides assistance to pilots during normal business hours, and provides weather observation services. An automatic weather observation service (AWOS) operates when Qikiqtarjuaq Radio is unattended.
There is also an access road that was built to Tisunaaq, also known as Ceetee Land to the Elders, and another road is in construction to Qikiqtarjuaqruluk, or Old Broughton, an abandoned settlement. Kivitoo, an old whaling station, is located 90 km (56 mi) to the north and is currently abandoned.
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. In 2020, Bell Mobility established a data tower and provides high-speed mobile and internet connectivity within the community.
Qikiqtarjuaq has a tundra climate (ET), with the warmest month averaging below 6 °C (43 °F). Summers tend to be cool with chilly nights, while winters are long and cold. Early winter is the snowiest time of the year, with more than half of all year snowfall on average falling during this period.
|Climate data for FOX-5|
|Record high humidex||1.5||0.0||2.7||6.1||8.6||18.6||20.7||19.9||13.6||7.0||3.5||3.9||20.7|
|Record high °C (°F)||3.9|
|Average high °C (°F)||−22.8|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−25.4|
|Average low °C (°F)||−28.0|
|Record low °C (°F)||−41.7|
|Record low wind chill||−61.1||−61.0||−57.1||−49.2||−35.8||−21.1||−18.6||−15.5||−23.9||−32.8||−45.2||−54.2||−61.1|
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||3.7|
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||0.0|
|Average snowfall cm (inches)||3.7|
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm)||2.9||2.8||2.5||5.0||8.2||3.9||6.3||8.2||8.3||12.8||7.4||4.1||72.3|
|Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm)||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.5||4.8||5.2||0.6||0.2||0.0||0.0||11.2|
|Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm)||2.9||2.8||2.5||5.0||8.2||3.3||1.7||3.1||7.7||12.7||7.4||4.1||61.3|
|Average relative humidity (%)||76.6||74.7||76.6||81.5||88.0||85.5||78.4||81.5||91.2||88.7||83.7||79.2||82.1|
|Source: Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010|
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