Grise Fiord

Grise Fiord, Nunavut

Grise Fiord, also known as Aujuittuq in Inuktitut meaning ‘place that never thaws’, nestles amongst majestic mountains at the end of a stunning fiord. As one of the the most isolated communities in the North, the people of Grise Fiord have overcome hardship to establish a home in one of the most beautiful parts of Canada. It is the closest community to Quttinirpaaq National Park - Canada’s second largest and most northern National Park. The Nirjutiqavvik National Wildlife is also located nearby.

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.