Where we live: Paulatuk

Where we live: Paulatuk

 

A little introduction to the “Place of coal”

Location:
69°21′ N, 124°04′ W
 
Elevation:
5 metres
 
Population:
345
 
Name means:
“Place of coal”
 
Record high / low:
30.3°C / -46.9 °C
 
Setting:
On silty tundra facing Darnley Bay, just east of the Melville Hills at the western exit of the Northwest Passage
 
Languages:
Inuvialuktun, English
 
Ethnicities:
Inuvialuit, non-Aboriginal
 
Getting here:
By air from Inuvik
 
Founded in:
This is the ancestral territory of the Copper Inuit. The community became permanently occupied following the opening of a trading post here in 1935
 
Best daytrip:
To the Smoking Hills, 105 kilometres west at Cape Bathurst, where underground coal seams have smouldered for centuries, sending eerie plumes over the Arctic Ocean
 
Best expedition:
Paddling the Hornaday River, which runs through nearby Tuktut Nogait National Park and empties into the sea just east of Paulatuk
 
Don’t miss:
Purchasing local sculptures and stone-cut prints, for which the community is famous
 
Come for:
The Ikhalukpik Jamboree, held every August, celebrating the return of Arctic char with traditional games, drum dances and other events
 
More info:
To get the whole story on the “place of coal,” explore Paulatuk