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Mayor's Message

Welcome to the Hamlet of Pangnirtung

On behalf of myself and fellow Councillors, I am pleased to welcome you to our web site. I hope that your travel plans include a visit to our exceptionally beautiful community.

Pangnirtung, located 40 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle, is squeezed onto a narrow strip of land between the mile high peaks of the Cumberland Peninsula and the frigid depths of the Pangnirtung Fiord. Our landscape is so spectacular that Pangnirtung is known as "The Switzerland of the Arctic".

We share the land with Arctic animals such as caribou, polar bears, seals, bowhead and beluga whales and narwhals. Pangnirtung is also rich in bird life: ptarmigan, geese, ravens, gulls, and various small songbirds, to name only a few. Wildlife viewing opportunities for visitors abound. Local outfitters will be happy to take you out for a day of Arctic char fishing or you can fish from the shore in town.

Because of our proximity to Auyuittuq National Park, Pangnirtung is also a stop for those headed to the land that never melts. The park includes the highest peaks of the Canadian Shield, the Penny Ice Cap, marine shorelines along coastal fiords, and Akshayuk Pass, a traditional travel corridor used by the Inuit for thousands of years. Other activities that visitors enjoy include hiking, camping, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

For the art collector, the Pangnirtung Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts, featuring one-of-a-kind Inuit art, prints, sculpture, tapestries and crafts, is a great place to shop. Our visitor's centre can help you plan activities and has an interpretive centre to illustrate our distinctive cultural heritage. We encourage you to discover more about Inuit culture and our life style.

Please enjoy our website. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Thank you. Qujannamiik.

Mosesee Qappik