Rankin Inlet, also known as Kangiqtiniq in Inuktitut meaning ‘deep inlet’, is a modern and vibrant community that is a blend of cultures and traditions. This mixture of Inuit and European culture, the old and the new economy, and the blending of Inuit from many tribal backgrounds led to a generation of prominent leaders that started the movement towards creation of the Nunavut territory.
Some essential Rankin experiences include:
- Boating to Marble Island, located 50 kilometers by boat from town, and learn about the history about this culturally significant site. The island is steeped in mythology and tradition and teeming with polar bears and beluga whales during the summer and fall seasons
- Touring the local art scene. Rankin Inlet has a unique history of pottery carried on by the grandchildren of the first Inuit who tried their hands at ceramics in the 1960s. The Matchbox Gallery showcases the true ‘Rankin Inlet esthetic’ and the dedicated artisans who continue the tradition. Ivalu, a retail and arts studio, showcases both local artists and those from other regions of Nunavut. You can also find artists developing their work outside their houses - carvers and jewellers alike.
- Exploring the ancient Thule Inuit site at the Meliadine River at Iqalugaarjup Nunangat Territorial Park. This was the ancient site of Inuit occupation, where you can still enjoy fishing at the river,- known for its excellent grayling fishing and crystal clear drinking water.
- Skating in the home arena of local hockey hero and NHL star, Jordin Tootoo