Qikiqtaaluk Region
Grise Fiord
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Grise Fiord

Essential experiences include:

  • A guided visit to Quttinirpaaq National Park and to Nirjutiqavvik National Wildlife Area
  • Local Inuit arts and crafts plus locally made traditional clothing
  • Viewing abundant wildlife – beluga whales, narwhal, walrus, seal, muskox, and polar bears

Grise Fiord’s sheer beauty masks a history rooted in overcoming hardship with skill and perseverance. The inhabitants of Grise Fiord like their neighbours in Resolute, are the descendants of Inuit families relocated from Northern Quebec by the Canadian Government in 1953.

The families left at Grise Fiord in the fall of 1953 had no experience in the extreme high arctic climate and were forced to adapt quickly to the longer, dark winter. There is a monument in memory of the relocation carved by Looty Pijamini, an Inuit artist who lives and works in Grise Fiord. 

And adapt they did. Grise Fiord is now home to some of the finest hunters in Nunavut, skilled at hunting in the dark winter and on the water during the arctic summer. Today, you can explore the rugged but stunning beauty of the land and sea with people who are now fiercely proud to call Grise Fiord home.

Additional Information

Communities in Nunavut have the right to determine their Liquor System. In this community, alcohol is unrestricted. The laws surrounding importation and consumption follow the Nunavut Liquor Act.

Whether you live in or travel to an unrestricted or restricted community, you need a liquor permit to bring more than three litres of spirits, nine litres of wine, or 26 litres of beer with you when you travel into Nunavut. Liquor permits are always required when you place a liquor order outside the territory.

You can read more about liquor importation and consumption here: https://www.nulc.ca/liquor/

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