Located on the northeast coast of Baffin Island in Nunavut, Canada, Clyde River (Kangiqtugaapik) has a population of about 950 people. It is home to one of the most diverse landscapes in Nunavut including dramatic cliffs, deep fjords, rolling tundra, sandy and rocky coastlines, lakes, rivers, mountains, and glaciers, and has many species of Arctic plants and animals like seals, whales, polar bears, birds, fox, caribou, and fish. Inuit culture, activities, and language are very strong in Clyde River, making it one of the most traditional communities in the Baffin region. The community is active and dynamic and prides itself on working together.
Clyde River (Inuktitut: Kanngiqtugaapik) is a traditional Inuit community of approximately 1000 residents located on the shore of Baffin Island’s Patricia Bay, off Clyde Inlet, an arm of Davis Strait in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut Canada. It lies in the Baffin Mountains, which in turn form part of the Arctic Cordillera mountain range. The community is served by air and by annual sealift supply.
Known as the “Gateway to the Fiords”, Clyde River is located on a flood plain, surrounded by spectacular fiords that stretch all the way into the Barnes Icecap. The mountains, icebergs and glaciers in the Clyde River area attract visitors and rock and ice climbers from around the world. This unique landscape is complemented by extensive wildlife including whales, seals, polar bears, wolves and caribou. The community also provides access to the stunning Isabella Bay and the Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area, a Bowhead Whale Sanctuary.
A strong component of the Clyde River’s community vision is education and training in a healthy vibrant and proactive hamlet. As such, the community of Clyde River is a key regional centre for workshops and research as well as tourism in Nunavut.
Clyde River is served by an elementary and high school, a few stores, an arena and community hall, a church, health centre, 2 hotels, a family resource centre, a heritage and research centre and the Clyde River Airport with regular flights to Iqaluit and Pond Inlet.