Taloyoak Nunavut

One of the many interesting communities is Northern Canada is the community of Taloyoak Nunavut. This is the Northernmost community on the Canadian mainland. It is situated 69 degrees 32 North latitude and 1,224 km from Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territory. Taloyoak is located in the region of Standards Bay – formerly known as Spence Bay, and was incorporated as Taloyoak, Nunavut in 1981. The literal translation of the town in Inuktitut means “large caribou blind”. The area is one of the most interesting in Northern Canada in terms of its history, culture and natural geography. The community has an average annual temperature of 13.7 degrees Fahrenheit with an average low of of -1.3 degrees.


The traditional inhabitants of this area were the Netsilik Inuit. They hunted seals and used them as a source of food and clothing. The search for the Northwest Passage was important in the history of the region. The founding of the modern region began in 1948. RCMP staff arrived and the Inuit were urged to settle in Spence Bay. Many Catholic and Anglican ministers came to area to convert the residents to their way of worship.

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Many people embrace traditional Inuit ways in this community. The community is on the Arctic tundra, and is surrounded by grey rock in a harsh environment. Most of the members of the community are descended from the Inuit people. This is what makes the community traditional and one of a kind. It’s a community that’s steeped in a long tradition of the sea. Most of the residents make their living from hunting and fishing in one way or another.

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Bright coloured houses in Spence Bay and Taloyoak, Nunavut

It’s a community that is small with only 809 residents. As mentioned, there’s a great tradition of fishing and hunting in the region and this is the way that most people make their living. They also perform a number of traditional Inuit activities like carving, crafts and other traditional activities.

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Colin & Andrea Travel Nunavut: October 2009

The current community has 226 dwellings and 206 residents in the community proper.

The land springs to life in the summertime with the explosion of berries, and dandelions on the hillsides. Arctic heather is also used to light campfires which are needed in this treeless land. There are also a number of large animals that are located on the tundra. The population of arctic hare, lemming and ground squirrel are prevalent. These are the things that make the region unique and special.


Many people are involved with the area and have passed a long an oral tradition of Thunder and Stone. A series of ghost stories and legends of spirits are said to inhabit this barren land. This is part of the tourism of the region. It describes an area to nearby and that interest visitors of the community. These are archaeological areas that may be investigated by others who choose to explore.

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