Chesterfield Inlet Airport (YCS) is a small airport that serves the remote community of Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut. The locals call their community "Igluligaarjuk" which means "place with few houses" in Inuktitut. It is the oldest settlement in Nunavut!
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Best Time to Book a Flight to Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut
Chesterfield Inlet is located in a remote region on the western shore of Hudson Bay. Located in Canada's far north, a visit during the winter is not for the faint of heart. Temperatures regularly dip below -30 degrees Celsius throughout December to March, so travel is not recommended. The best time to visit Chesterfield Inlet is between July and August when temperatures are a much more tolerable 10 to 25 degrees.
Airlines that Fly to Chesterfield Inlet Airport
Chesterfield Inlet Airport is the main link between the hamlet and the outside world. With no year-round road access, almost everyone who visits Chesterfield Inlet will arrive by plane. Both Calm Air and First Air offer service between Chesterfield Inlet and a variety of northern destinations.
There are no direct routes from a major Canadian airport to Chesterfield Inlet, so getting there can be a challenge. The most popular routes are:
- Winnipeg (YWG) to Rankin Inlet (YRT) to Chesterfield Inlet (YCS)
- Edmonton (YEG)/ Calgary (YYC) to Yellowknife (YZF) to Rankin Inlet (YRT) to Chesterfield Inlet (YCS)
- Ottawa (YOW)/ Montreal (YUL) to Iqaluit (YFB) to Rankin Inlet (YRT) to Chesterfield Inlet (YCS)
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What to Expect When Arriving at Chesterfield Inlet Airport
YCS is a small regional airport located just 2km northwest of the hamlet (about 15 minutes of driving time). To get to the town, take Chesterfield Inlet Road south from the airport, then turn left at the first opportunity. You'll see the town on your left.
There are no public transportation options or car rental companies in Chesterfield Inlet. However, you can order a taxi from Simik Taxi Services (867-898-9086) if you need a ride. Due to the remote nature of the location, hotels are few and far between. The only option for accommodations in Chesterfield Inlet (unless you know a local) is the Inns North Hotel, which has only seven rooms - so you'll want to book ahead. Rates are $250 per person per night and include breakfast and a complimentary airport shuttle.
Chesterfield Inlet Airport Facilities
Chesterfield Inlet Airport is a very small facility with only basic services. There is one terminal with a waiting area, vending machine, and Wi-Fi provided by Qiniq. Plan on arriving at least 60 minutes before your flight departs so you have enough time to check in.
What to See and Do in Chesterfield Inlet
Chesterfield Inlet is a remote community rich in Inuit heritage and culture. The oldest settlement in Nunavut, Chesterfield Inlet is carved into a barren Arctic landscape and surrounded by historic Inuit sites and ancient Thule sites and heritage buildings. A visit to this hamlet is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Despite its small population, there is plenty to do. Outdoor excursions and guided tours can be booked through the Inns North Hotel at 1-888-866-6784 (toll-free). Take a self-guided historic walking tour of the area, view polar bears in their natural habitat, go whale watching, or simply immerse yourself in the culture and warm hospitality of the Inuit way of life.