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  Population: 600
Region: Kitikmeot
Time Zone: Mountain
Postal Code: X0B 1K0
Weather: Environment Canada

The name Kugaaruk means “a river flowing through the community that is used for fishing and to supply water”. Kugaaruk—formerly known as Pelly Bay—is located on the Simpson Peninsula, south of the Gulf of Boothia. As the name suggests, the area is known for its excellent fishing. Kugaaruk is nestled within coastal mountains, which lie between the bay and the wide expanse of the tundra. As a result, the area is very picturesque with a diverse landscape. A stone church built by missionary priests in the 1930’s and 40’s is a historic site that has been maintained by the Hamlet of Kugaaruk. The Netsilingmiut, or the people of the seal, are traditional people who have occupied this isolated area for centuries and have only recently (since the construction of the DEW line site in the 1950s) had regular contact with the outside world.

  Getting There    
  Travel to Kugaaruk can be done on First Air via Yellowknife
on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Kenn Borek Air operates flights from Cambridge Bay to Kugaaruk via Taloyoak on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Kivalliq Air also operates flights to Kugaaruk on Monday through Friday. Please check with the airlines for schedule changes.