Cheap Flights to Coral Harbour Airport
Coral Harbour Airport (YZS), sits about 11 kilometres northwest of Coral Harbour, Nunavut. The name comes from the pieces of fossilized coral that wash ashore from the waters of South Bay, an arm of Hudson Bay. If you are ready to explore this northern Canadian wilderness, Skyscanner's online booking platform can help you find the cheapest airfare and the best routes possible. You'll find limited flights on smaller planes, which makes the Whole Month Search screen a handy tool for comparing rates and finding availability. Being flexible, even by a day or two, can help you save money. Check out your hotel options while you're at it and you'll be all set.
Getting to Coral Harbour Airport
Getting to Coral Harbour Airport means first flying into Rankin Inlet Airport (YRT). A number of cities offer direct service, most of them having smaller airports. Winnipeg is one of the largest and perhaps the easiest to reach from most parts of Canada. If you're flying from Western Canada, you also have the option of flying into Yellowknife (YZF) in the Northwest Territory. WestJet or Air Canada are the primary carriers to both airports.
Once in Rankin Inlet, you need a flight on First Air or Calm Air into Coral Harbour. The two carriers codeshare, meaning you might book your ticket on one airline but fly part of your trip on the other. Two flights per day, one of them direct, the other with one stop in Repulse Bay, are the norm. Depending on connection times, you may consider spending the night in Rankin Inlet and catching your flight to Coral Harbour the next day. Skyscanner can help you find hotel space in both destinations.
Coral Harbour Airport is small, with one terminal that is shared by arriving and departing passengers. It handles smaller planes, with either turbo props or regular prop engines. The terminal is open for flight arrivals and departures and has limited services. A phone is available on site, but food, banking, and other services are available in town, about 11 kilometres away, or approximately a 15-minute drive.
An ATM is located in the town's Northern Store, but most banking is done in Rankin Inlet. You might want to get some cash at your connection point in Rankin Inlet. Much of the economy is cash-based. Alcohol is not sold, nor is it allowed to be imported. Internet and phone services are supplied by satellite.
Taxis usually wait at the airport when a flight is due in, if not you can call one. Rates are negotiated, and fares are paid in cash. No rental cars are available. People get around the small town by walking, dog sled or snowmobile. You can only get to Coral Harbour by air or by water through the Northwest Passage. Other than the road from the airport and streets in town, there are few drivable areas.
Things to do in Coral Harbour
- Life kind of slows down in Coral Harbour. It's an island community, given the name Salliq by the Inuit. It's been inhabited for centuries by the First Nations people and later became an important Hudson Bay stop for sealers and whale hunters. Today it's a great place to commune with nature.
- Though the indigenous people still practice subsistence hunting, Coal Harbour is one of the best places to view marine wildlife. Walruses inhabit nearby Coats Island, and you can sometimes see whales spouting offshore. Take a tour of the East Bay Migratory Bird Sanctuary or the Harry Gibbons Bird Sanctuary to find tundra swans, snow geese and Sandhill cranes when they arrive in the spring.
- Walk the Fossil Creek Trail, about a half-kilometre from the airport, to find the remains of animals that may have lived more than 450 million years ago. Collecting the fossils is allowed by special permit only, but you are welcome to look.