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The town of Sanikiluaq. Situated near the shores of Eskimo Bay to the north and


Sanikiluaq Lake to the south, the spectacular stretch of coastlines and isolated beauty continue to bring in tourists from around the world. Tis unique region of Nunavut is a perfect place for canoeing, sea kayaking, cross-country skiing and hiking. While exploring the coastline, you’ll come across the crystal clear lakes and rivers that will lead you to some of the most unforgettable fishing spots you’ll ever find. If birdwatching, or birding as it’s also known, is some-


thing you love, the abundant species of local wildlife will make for some wonderful arctic adventures. At any given time you will see geese, loons, snowy owls, terns, gulls, ptarmigans, snow buntings, rough-legged hawks, per- egrine falcons and eider ducks. Hudson Bay is home to over fifty species of birds that have adjusted to the arctic weather conditions and now make their home on the is- land.


If exploring animals that walk on land is more your style,


there are lemmings, arctic hare, arctic fox and reindeer, which were introduced in 1978 to replace the vanished caribou herds. Te region also provides good habitat for wintering polar bears, which are hunted by people from the community of Sanikiluaq. Beluga whales and walrus also winter here.


Sanikiluaq is known for its local artists. No matter what season you decide to visit, you will


have an experience like no other. In winter you can set up camp in an igloo while you ski across the virtually un- touched northern landscape. In the summer many people have enjoyed setting up camp and hiking throughout the vastly open islands which are distinctly arctic where no trees grow. You can literally see as far as the eye can see. If you’re not wanting to ski or hike, snowmobile and all- terrain vehicles are available to rent within the town so you can explore as much of Sanikiluaq as possible. Tere is also the Amaulik Hotel, an Inns North hotel, if you don’t want to camp. When you’re back in town after exploring, there’s plenty


to investigate with the local arts and crafts industries. Lo- cal crafts such as winter clothes and blankets made of eider down (using the down feathers of the eider duck) as well as fine basketry constructed with lyme grass are available. Te local carvers are known worldwide for their distinc- tive carvings made from argillite, the dark stone found on the Belcher Islands, many of which depict subjects from their traditional culture. A very unique handicraft of this community is the making of dolls from fish skin. With the stunning natural beauty and amazing island landscapes, Sanikiluaq should definitely be on your buck- et list of places to see.


The distinct swirls of the Belcher Islands: the exposed layers of rock can be seen from far above.


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The rugged beauty of the island landscape. Spring 2017 • 33


Photo by Mike Beauregard.


Photo by Leslie Philipp.


Photo by Judy Saxby. Photo by Mike Beauregard.


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