Top 20 Places to Visit in

CAMBRIDGE BAY | NUNAVUT


The page was created with the support of  group –

Cambridge Bay News

Add Your Place

01

Itqaumavik Park

Recommended by JOJO TRENHOLM

A newly improved attraction to visit in Cambridge Bay is the Itqaumavik Park, “a place of memories.” Located near the shore, the park features modest wooden buildings, which bring back memories from the town.

The buildings are set near sculptures including colourful muskox being chased by wolves. The sculptures are created from scrap metals by youth involved in an art and skill development program.

In the Arctic Inspiration Prize’s 2018 youth category, the participants in Cambridge Bay’s Scrap to Art group picked up a $100,000 prize to open a local welding studio to create art with recycled metal.

The park is bound to be a major attraction for cruise ship visitors.

 

Photos: Jojo Trenholm

65 Natik St, Cambridge Bay, NU

Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

02

Iqaluktuuttiaq—Good Fishing Place

Cambridge Bay’s Inuinnaqtun name is Iqaluktuuttiaq — good fishing place. Get out fishing. Contact one of Cambridge Bay’s outfitters ahead of time and line something up, or just ask around at the Visitor’s Centre in the community if you didn’t have much time to prepare for the trip.

Bill Lyall, the B & J Flyfishing Adventures’Owner:

“My desire is to share this beautiful land of ours, its people, culture, traditional heritage, scenery and natural splendour with others. The superb fishing in our rivers and lakes should be an absolute delight and a great challenge to any dedicated sport fisherman.”

Belonging to local residents dot the coastline near Cambridge Bay. Fish and meat drying racks can still be seen at some of these camps. Use courtesy, and respect these summer homes, and residents will often welcome visitors with warmth and hospitality.

Cambridge Bay, NU, X0B 0C0

(403) 860-1880

Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

03

Home Town of Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq

Inuit throat singer and artist Tanya Tagaq won the Polaris Prize for best Canadian album in 2014, for Animism.

Tagaq was born in 1975 in Cambridge Bay. She first became widely known both in Canada and internationally for her collaborations with Björk.

In December 2016, Tagaq was named a Member of the Order of Canada.

Read more about Tanya Tagaq | People of Small Towns
Read and watch more about famous Canadians from Cambridge Bay NU

Cambridge Bay, NU, X0B 0C0

https://www.1000towns.ca/tanya-tagaq-throat-singer/

Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

04

Amundsen’s Maud Stone Cairn

Recommended by JOJO TRENHOLM

Explorer Roald Amundsen’s ship Maud sank in 1930 and sat in shallow coastal waters for decades near Cambridge Bay.

Maud, named for Queen Maud of Norway, was a ship built for second Amundsen’s expedition to the Arctic. After sailing through the Northeast Passage, which did not go as planned and took six years between 1918 and 1924, she ended up in Alaska.

In 1925 she was sold the Hudson’s Bay Company. The year after, it was frozen into the ice at Cambridge Bay. The wreck lay just offshore, across the inlet from the community’s former Hudson’s Bay Company store.

In 2017 Maud began the journey back to Norway. Now she is waiting for a new museum building for her.

Now the stone cairn commemorating the Maud is placed here.

Photo: Jojo Trenholm

Cambridge Bay NU

Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

05

Ovayok Territorial Park

Ovayok Territorial Park is named after a 200-meter mountain, a distinctive feature of this flat coastal area. The subject of a legend about giants who starved on the land, Ovayuk has been a landmark for nomadic Inuit for many generations.
The mountain, plainly visible from Cambridge Bay on a clear day, is a 30-minute trip by car. Muskoxen are often spotted along the winding road leading to the park.
Once you arrive at the park, be sure to climb up Mount Pelly – it will only take you about twenty-five minutes to get to the top.

 

Photo: Jojo Trenholm

Kitikmeot, NU

Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

06

Omingmak Frolics

Omingmak Frolics is a long time Tradition for Iqaluktuuttiaq. We come to celebrate spring and be together as friends, family and community.

The spring festival in Cambridge Bay isn’t held until May, so visitors could travel from one community to another to continue enjoying the heralding of the spring season.

Cambridge Bay NU

Sending
User Review
5 (2 votes)

07

Unique Google Street View

Recommended by GOOGLE STREET VIEW

In 2012, the roads of Cambridge Bay were imaged for Google Street View by a tricycle fitted with a camera system. Google responded to a proposal by Cambridge Bay resident Chris Kalluk to include Arctic communities in Street View in order to educate the rest of the world.

Through Google Street View, everyone can have a look around Cambridge Bay.

Cambridge Bay, NU, X0B 0C0

Sending
User Review
3 (2 votes)

08

Learn a Few Words in Inuinnaqtun

Recommended by PAMELA GROSS

The Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society is a place to visit and learn about Inuinnait culture and history.

We focus on the critical needs of Inuinnait—a distinct regional group of Inuit living in the Central Canadian Arctic. The Inuinnaqtun language—the foundation of Inuinnait culture—has less than 600 fluent speakers remaining.

You can learn a few words in Inuinnaqtun from the Elders in Residence.

23 Omingmak Street, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

Sending
User Review
4 (2 votes)

09

Nunavut Day | July 9

Nunavut Day on July 9th is celebrated throughout the territory with traditional Inuit activities like throat singing, square dancing, fiddle music, and other traditional competitions, as well as enjoying community feasts with traditional and local foods including muskox burgers, caribou, seal, local fish, and bannock.

Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

10

Birding Cambridge Bay

Recommended by PAMELA GROSS

In July and August when the tundra is brilliant with wildflowers you can watch many birds, including jaegers, ducks, geese and swans.

The bird species list for Cambridge Bay consists of 79 species. Common species seen near the township include Thayer’s Gull, Sabine’s Gull, King Eider, Long-tailed and Parasitic Jaegers, various shorebirds and Pacific Loon.

Located about 15km northeast of town is Mount Pelly. It can be easily accessed by road. Here, species such as Yellow-billed Loon, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Rock and Willow Ptarmigan, Sandhill Crane, Brant, Red Knot, Peregrine Falcon and Rough-legged Hawk can be seen, along with roaming herds of Muskoxen, Arctic Fox, Arctic Hare and lemmings.

Queen Maud Migratory Bird Sanctuary is Canada’s largest federally protected nature preserve. It is home to one of the greatest concentrations of nesting geese on Earth.

Photo: Jojo Trenholm

Cambridge Bay NU

Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

11

Saxifrage Resto-Café

This Inuit-owned solid local favourite will delight your palate with fresh vegetables (when available), as well as well-cooked, home-style steaks, baby back ribs, pasta and the tour de force: baked Arctic char.
Serving lunch and supper Monday to Friday and Brunch on Saturdays.

21 Mitik Street, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

12

Old Stone Church

Photo: Jojo Trenholm

The stone church was built by the Oblate Missionaries in the early 1950s. The church, which was restored, offers a great vantage point for photography of the hamlet across the water.

Natik Street, Cambridge Bay, NU

Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

13

Kuugaq Cafe

This unexpectedly gourmet spot is the community meeting place and most popular dining venue in town, courtesy of good old Canadian favourites (pulled-pork poutine), Northern flavours (musk-ox chilli, musk-ox burgers, char chowder) and global touches, courtesy of one of the owners, who happens to be Trinidadian.
There’s good coffee, local art on walls, and an air of happy anticipation.

16 Koihok Maghagak Rd, Cambridge Bay NU

Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

14

Canadian High Arctic Research Station

Canadian High Arctic Research Station is operated by Polar Knowledge Canada – a government agency whose mandate is to facilitate high-quality arctic research.
You are welcome to visit the Main Research Building, either with a group by appointment or on a drop-in basis using a self-guided tour brochure. You can admire the architecture (designed with iglu building features) and the Inuit art and decorations.

1 rue Uvajuq place, CP 2150, Cambridge Bay, NU

Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

15

Kitikmeot Foods

Kitikmeot Foods packages and sells locally harvested fish and meat. Supplies depend on the season, but Arctic char is a staple and muskox is often available. This locally run business has an excellent reputation for its unique northern delicacies – suitable for gifts.
It offers plant tours, and a range of prepackaged and frozen locally harvested Arctic char filets, lox and jerky. Muskoxen are also harvested locally, and steaks and roasts may be available in season.

26 Mitik Street, Cambridge Bay NU

Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

16

Ivataaruq Hanaujarvik – Red Fish Arts Studio

The dream of an art studio for Cambridge Bay will come true. The studio will have many programs in the building related to arts and crafts and music. It will also be where the local radio station will be located now and a coffee, tea, and gift shop.

The community always needs a place for artists, carvers, seamstresses to sell their products and now the Ivitaaruq Hanaujarvik will be the place to go. Finally, a place to go to find great souvenirs, although you can still find souvenirs is at the Library and Co-op.

The expected grand opening is scheduled for a long weekend in September 2020. Please watch for details of the grand opening.

Cambridge Bay, NU

Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

17

Arctic Coast Visitors Centre

Recommended by PAMELA GROSS

The Arctic Coast Visitors Centre features prized Inuit artworks. It provides information on tourism activities in Cambridge Bay and the Kitikmeot region.

The centre contains displays of artifacts depicting the people, history and culture of Cambridge Bay and the Arctic Coast region and information on local flora and fauna.

3 Omingmak St, Cambridge Bay NU

Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

18

Add Your Place

Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place |

Cambridge Bay, NU

Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

19

Add Your Place

Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place |

Cambridge Bay NU

Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

20

Add Your Place

Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place | Add Your Place |

Cambridge Bay, NU

Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

Top 20 Places to Visit in Cambridge Bay NU

Pin It on Pinterest