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Kimmirut, Nunavut


Kimmirut, Nunavut

Coordinates: 62°50′48″N 069°52′07″W / 62.84667°N 69.86861°W / 62.84667; -69.86861Coordinates: 62°50′48″N 069°52′07″W / 62.84667°N 69.86861°W / 62.84667; -69.86861

Country Canada
Territory Nunavut
Region Qikiqtaaluk Region
Electoral district South Baffin
Anglican mission 1909
 • Mayor vacant
 • MLA Fred Schell
 • Total 2.27 km2 (0.88 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 53 m (174 ft)
Population (2006)[3]
 • Total 411
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Canadian Postal code X0A 0N0
Area code(s) 867

Kimmirut (Syllabics: ᑭᒻᒥᕈᑦ[pronunciation?]; known as Lake Harbour until 1 January 1996) is a community in the Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada. It is located on the shore of Hudson Strait on Baffin Island's Meta Incognita Peninsula. Kimmirut means "heel", and refers to a rocky outcrop in the inlet.

It was at one time a Hudson's Bay Company trading post, and a Royal Canadian Mounted Police post. The Canadian explorer J. Dewey Soper used these posts as headquarters during his explorations in the 1920s and 1930s.

The community is served by Kimmirut Airport and by annual supply sealift. A proposal in 2005 for a road to Iqaluit was shown to be impractical owing to roundabout routing over the mountains.

As of the 2006 census the population was 411, a decrease of 5.1% from the 2001 census.[3]

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See also


Further reading

  • Fisher, Kyra Vladykov. Guide to Kimmirut Artists, 2005-2006. [Kimmirut]: Municipality of Kimmirut, 2005. ISBN 0-9739416-0-X
  • Woodley, S. B. Community Based Tourism in Kimmirut, Baffin Island, Nunavut Regional Versus Local Attitudes. Ottawa: National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada, 2001. ISBN 0-612-55010-9

External links

  • Official site - about
  • Kimmirut official site, start page (large image)
  • Photos of RCMP and HBC employees
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