Cambridge Bay, in Inuktitut ‘Ikalutuuttiaq’, meaning ‘good fishing place’, has been a gathering place for Inuit for over 4,000 years. Today, Cambridge Bay continues to welcome Inuit and visitors alike, embracing the traditions of the past while building for the future. It represents the best of Nunavut: a strong connection to the land and wildlife, a history of welcoming visitors, and, a proud leader in Arctic science and technology research.
Cambridge Bay continues to be an excellent hunting and fishing spot. Today you can still enjoy Arctic char fishing, a ‘green’ and sustainable seafood. Travel to nearby Ovayok Territorial Park, an area that has been vital to local Inuit life for centuries. The park has numerous hiking trails and camping spots, allowing you to immerse yourself in the habitat of a muskox herd.
The community hosts the ‘Omingmak Frolics’ each May, which include seal hunting and ice carving competitions, fishing contests, talent shows, children’s games, dog sledding and snowmobiling races.
Renowned for its local art, Cambridge Bay was home to artist Inuk Charlie and the tradition continues with today’s artists. Local galleries highlight the beautiful works of Cambridge Bay’s famous carvers, who use materials that are unique to the area.
Explore Cambridge Bay to discover both the past and the future. Archaeological sites reveal ancient Inuit campsites and signs of the first European explorers. In contrast, Cambridge Bay is also home to military installations and the Canadian High Arctic Research Station, where scientists conduct research on polar science and technology.
Essential Cambridge Bay experiences include:
- Experiencing the land and viewing muskox herds at nearby Ovayok Territorial Park
- Fishing for abundant Arctic char, considered a ‘green’ and sustainable seafood
- Exploring ancient Inuit campsites and the relics of the European search for the Northwest Passage