Kivalliq Region
   Baker Lake
   Chesterfield Inlet
   Coral Harbour
   Rankin Inlet
   Repulse Bay
   Whale Cove
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  Whale Cove    
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  Population: 350
Region: Kivalliq
Time Zone: Central
Postal Code: X0C 0J0
Languages: English and Inuktitut
Weather: Environment Canada

The community of Whale Cove, or Tikirarjuaq (long point), is nestled within a bay, along the western shore of Hudson Bay. The cove is located north of Arviat, just south of Rankin Inlet. This community was initially settled by three distinct Inuit groups (one inland and two coastal), who came to the area during the settlement development of the 1950s. Today, Whale Cove remains a mainly traditional community, with diverging dialects and cultures, originating from both inland and coastal traditions.

The abundance of land and marine wildlife has enabled the Inuit of Whale Cove to enjoy a traditional diet and lifestyle. Seal, walrus and beluga are the mainstay of the traditional diet. Seasonal caribou and polar bear hunting, as well as trout and char fishing, are also regular activities.

To augment the diet of fish and mammals, highly nutritious berries and sea kelp are collected for consumption.

  Getting There    
  Flights are available to Whale Cove via Rankin Inlet every day of the week except Sunday, on Kivalliq Air, Calm Air and Skyward Aviation. Please check with the airlines for schedule changes.    
  Light banking services available at the Co-op store;
Interac services available at most retail outlets.