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Mayor's Message

Welcome to the Hamlet of Pangnirtung

On behalf of Mayor, Council & people of Pangnirtung would like to welcome you to our website.

Pangnirtung, in Inuktitut, means “the place of Bull Caribou” situated on the east coast of Baffin Island, within the Cumberland Sound. Our mountains are so spectacular we are sometimes referred to “as The Switzerland of the Arctic”. Inuit musicians have even wrote music about them.

Our nearby National Park “Auyuittuq” is just north of Pangnirtung, close to 20 miles, accessible by foot, boat, or snow machine. Local outfitters are available, the Parks office must be aware if you plan to visit the Auyuittuq National Park.

Local fisherman fish long-lines to the ocean floor in Cumberland Sound for Halibut, It`s a million dollar fishing industry. The halibut shares Cumberland Sound with arctic char, scallops, clams, seaweed, bowhead whales, beluga, narwhal, walrus along with ring and bearded seals. We have birds of all kids that come around in spring, raptor birds no exceptions.

Within the community you could also find the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts. You could find prints, sculptures, tapestries and crafts for anyone who would like to purchase Arts& Crafts. The local Co-op also sells arts & crafts along with groceries and retail.

We welcome you and friends to Pangnirtung. Discover our life and culture. Accessible by plan, an hour’s flight away from Iqaluit.

Qujannamiik, Thank you,

Stevie Komoartok