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  Gjoa Haven    
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  Population: 1000
Region: Kitikmeot
Time Zone: Mountain
Postal Code: X0B 1J0
Weather: Environment Canada

The Inuktitut name for Gjoa Haven is Usqsuqtuuq, which means “a place of plenty of fat”. The name refers to the fattened fish and seal that were abundant in the area. The explorer Roald Amundsen first travelled to the area in 1903 to gain information about the Magnetic North Pole. The community is named after the Amundsen’s ship, the Gjoa (pronounced “Joe”). Today, the community of Gjoa Haven is growing quickly. The community is looking to expand its tourism business as an economic development pursuit. Gjoa Haven has a lot to offer its visitors, from the Northwest Passage Territorial Historic Park, where visitors can relive the quests of explorers such as Frobisher, Ross and Franklin, to the 9-hole golf course, famed as Canada’s most northerly course. In 2003, Gjoa Haven will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Admundsen expedition; stay tuned for events that will commemorate the famous voyage. Although Gjoa Haven is becoming more modern, traditional activities are still enjoyed by many, including throat singing, drum dancing and hunting.


   
       
  Getting There    
  First Air operates flights from Yellowknife to Gjoa Haven on
Monday to Friday. Kenn Borek Air flies from Cambridge Bay to Gjoa Haven, via Taloyoak and Pelly Bay on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Please check with the airlines for schedule changes.