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Arctic Trivia Quiz


It is time to test your knowledge of the Arctic’s vast wealth of land and people that enrich our nation. Their historical and cultural museums, native wildlife and indigenous inhabitants are ours to explore and revere. Illuminate yourself with the following multiple-choice trivia questions.

  1. The Northern Life Museum exhibits myriad artifacts representative of peoples and history of the North. In which Northwest Territory town is it located?
    a) Fort Smith
    b) Fort Simpson
    c) Fort Providence
    d) Fort Resolution
  2. The Yukon Transportation Museum encompasses the history, industry, culture and development of the Yukon’s modes of transportation that are in what community?
    a) Canyon City
    b) Whitehorse
    c) Carcross
    d) Dawson City
  3. The inaugural Arctic Winter Games were held in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories in 1970. This international biennial sports event will be hosted by what city in March 2020?
    a) Whitehorse
    b) Anchorage
    c) Inuvik
    d) Fairbanks
  4. Match the animal to their Inuktitut name:
    a) Polar Bear
    b) Seal
    c) Hare
    d) Fox
    e) Dog
    A) Qimmiq
    B) Pisukkaaq
    C) Ukalliq
    D) Ugruk
    E) Nanuq
  5. Nunavut is an Inuktitut word meaning “our land”. Its capital is Iqaluit which translates into what?
    a) “meeting place”
    b) “place of many fish”
    c) “our people”
    d) “our strength”
  1. The most northernly territory of Canada is also the largest. Nunavut officially separated from the Northwest Territories and a commemorative coin (“toonie”) and a stamp were created in that year, which was when?
    a) 1979
    b) 1989
    c) 1999
    d) 2009
  2. A 735 km-long route is the only public highway in North America that crosses the Arctic Circle and is the “Gateway to the Western Arctic,” Inuvik. Select the highway below?
    a) Alaska Highway
    b) Dempster Highway
    c) Highway 61
    d) Ventura Highway
  3. The Kivallirmiut (Caribou Inuit) are Arctic people who rely on caribou for food, shelter and clothing. What region do they inhabit?
    a) West Coast of Hudson Bay
    b) East Coast of Hudson Bay
    c) Mackenzie Delta
    d) Baffin Island
  4. Polar Bear fur is not white; it is transparent with a hollow core. What is the skin colour of the world’s largest land carnivore?
    a) pink
    b) white
    c) black
    d) brown
  5. The Polar Bear Holding Facility, formerly the Polar Bear Compound (aka “Jail”), was an aircraft storage hangar which currently detains the apex predators in Churchill, Manitoba. How many cells are available to accommodate the ursine occupants?
    a) 6
    b) 12
    c) 18
    d) 28


  1. a) Fort Smith, NT
  2. b) Whitehorse, YT
  3. a) Whitehorse, YT
  4. a) E; b) D; c) C; d) B; e) A
  5. b) “place of many fish”
  6. c) 1999
  7. b) Dempster Highway (aka Yukon Highway 5)
  8. a) West Coast of Hudson Bay
  9. c) black
  10. d) 28

VIAAlan G. Luke
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