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Hotels in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut

Nunavut's Gjoa Haven, or "Uqsuqtuuq" in Inuktitut, is a hamlet inside the Kitikmeot Region, located above the Arctic Circle. Gjoa Haven is unique for being the only Inuit dwelling place on King William Island. The rest of this Northern island is uninhabited.

Gjoa Haven's Inuktitut name translates to "place of plentiful blubber" in English since there are many seals and whales in the nearby waters. The community is inhabited by Netsilik Inuit, who are skilled hunters that contribute to the local economy through trapping sea mammals. Besides these water-dwelling creatures, Gjoa Haven is home to caribou, wolves, arctic foxes, muskoxen, and snowy owls too.

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Where to Stay

Due to the community's small size and isolated location, Gjoa Haven in Nunavut only hosts one hotel, the Amundsen Hotel. The Amundsen Hotel can accommodate up to 36 travellers inside its 18 guest rooms and four upscale suites. Each room has a private bathroom and offers quality amenities, such as wireless internet, a flatscreen TV, a telephone, and a small kitchenette with a coffee machine. To stay at the Amundsen Hotel, the rate is around $275 per night.

On-site, visitors can enjoy a full-service dining hall, which specializes in Inuit cooking and local specialties. The chef's homemade cakes and pies are a tremendous hit among the hotel visitors! There is also a conference room for business travellers, who might need to plan corporate meetings or special events. This hotel is owned and operated by Qikiqtaq Co-operative Association's community members.

Tourist Attractions

Gjoa Haven, Nunavut is known mainly for its ties to 20th-century Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen. In 1906, Amundsen and his ship crew aboard the Gjøa were the first Europeans to set foot here. This region, amid the Northwest Passage, is also near to where John Franklin's fatal voyage took place in 1845. Due to these ties, the area surrounding this Arctic hamlet is rich with history and often visited by nostalgic tourists, dreaming of their own snowy adventures.

Another popular tourist attraction in Gjoa Haven is the community's outdoor sports. Visitors are welcome to partake in snowmobiling, ice fishing, winter camping, and dog sledding tours. Exotic wildlife is also abundant here, so many tourists are eager to venture into the wilderness to spot wolves, seals, whales, muskoxen, and other beasts. Traditional activities, like drum dancing and throat-singing, can be enjoyed within this Inuit village too.