Discover Canada's Oldest Community at Pond Inlet
Also known as Mittimatalik, Pond Inlet is situated on the far northern tip of Baffin Island in Canada.
Home to a Canadian Inuit community, the area is also surrounded by fjords and glaciers, making it one of the most naturally beautiful and culturally rich regions in the country. An abundance of natural wildlife and a fractious history with European settlers make Pond Inlet a place with more to discover that you could imagine.
Where is Pond Inlet?
Often referred to as the jewel of Baffin, Pond Inlet is located on the northern tip of the island, at a latitude of 72 degrees north. This makes its native Inuit population one of the northernmost in the whole country. The topography is a collection of mountains, fjords, and caves — a fascinating geological combination that’s as aesthetically pleasing as it is diverse.
History of Pond Inlet
There’s evidence to suggest that ancient communities populated the vicinity of Pond Inlet and the North Baffin region over a thousand years ago. The native Canadian Inuit made their homes of sealskin tents in the warmer summer months, while opting for igloos in the freezing temperatures of the northern winter. The area was frequented by British whaling vessels throughout the nineteenth century, and further contact with the outside world continued for the native population into the 1900s. Over the past fifty years, the government of Canada has played a more influential role in the area, opening up schools, for example, with many families deserting their traditional way of life and instead opting for a more modern-day setup.
Heritage and Culture
Much of the culture in Pond Inlet depends upon the community's own imagination, with a strong emphasis on theatrical performances and music. Despite its remote location, the hamlet has its own theater company called the Tununiq Arsarniit Theater Group. Recounting myths and legends is also a staple of life for the local population, who for centuries relied exclusively on oral storytelling as their source of entertainment and enjoyment.
Pond Inlet is teeming with wonderful wildlife, and those in search of such creatures — ranging from prowling wolves to orcas — won’t be disappointed. If you’ve got plenty of patience and a dose of good luck, you might even spot a polar bear traversing its natural habitat of the icy terrains of northern Canada. For bird lovers, the nearby Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary provides a sustainable natural habitat for many of the area’s most precious species.
One of Canada's most culturally and naturally diverse regions, Pond Inlet also prevails as one of its oldest communities, active long before the European immigration that changed the landscape of North America. Get back to the country’s authentic heart with a trip to this mesmerizing birthplace of Inuit Canada.