Tea Talk: Visit the home of the CHARS

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Welcome to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut! Home of the world’s best Arctic Char! We wish to especially welcome all our visitors to the beautiful community of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut way up top on Victoria Island, our little cold spot in western part of Nunavut. This time of year, especially in February is usually the coldest spot in this part of the world. With more daylight and the return of the sun is very exciting. We hope you are all prepared for this cold weather, please dress warm if out and about, especially our children and elders.
This is the home of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS), the Kitikmeot Heritage Centre and many more to visit while in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. The population is growing with influx of Nunavut Arctic College campus and researchers and scientists visiting for school or work.

The CHARS is quite busy also with scientists arriving from Canada and around the world, CHARS is usually busy in the summer with many students doing research projects. Many of our school students seem to be interested in science and the work they do. Visitors along with the community residents are welcome to take a tour of the world-class facility, it is recommended that you make arrangements with them (Polar Knowledge Canada).

Another most beautiful place to visit is the Kitikmeot Heritage Centre located in the Kiilinik High School inside the May Hakongak library. There are displays of our ancestors, amazing paintings of heritage and culture, souvenirs, arts and crafts for sale. It is where some of our elders spend their days sewing and producing traditional clothing and are involved with language and teachings of the Inuinnait of this area. The displays show many beautiful fashions of the Inuinnait both past and present. It is a place of learning, love and respect.

With so much talent we also have our very own Inuit artists and offer carvings and sewings, you will meet them as they come bring their products for sale.

It depends on the time of season what is available, but please go see what they have to offer. We have such lively youth who are very involved in sports in our community, please check gym and arena schedule to know when they will be open.

When walking you can feel the cold and also get a bit of sunshine as we now have more daylight. Walking on the Arctic Ocean is there for you to enjoy, walking along Nattiq Street is nice for photographs where you will be able to view Ovayok – Mount Pelly, old stone church and the white snow covered land and ice. Remember to dress warm please.

Youth our future are very active and alive in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. On the cold nights and warm sunlight and muddy and dusty roads you can see our athletes training either indoors and outdoors. We have one of Nunavut’s best wrestlers who have won many medals across Canada and competing in various competitions and Nunavut’s finest Coaches with Chris Crooks and his Nunavut wresting team and we also have Nunavut’s finest basketball players in town and have won tournaments across Nunavut with Nunavut’s finest Coaches Daisy Eyegetok and Terry Aknavigak.

We are very proud of our youth who chose active healthy lives and it is with the commitment and dedication of their coaches and training. Congratulations to our coaches. We are thankful very much.
Enjoy your stay in our friendly community of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Stay warm.