Cambridge Bay  


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Cambridge Bay is situated on the Queen Maud Gulf on the southeast coast of Victoria Island in Nunavut, Canada. Cambridge Bay has a population of 1351 (75% Inuit) and it is the largest community in the Kitikmeot Region. The traditional name for Cambridge Bay is Iqaluktuuttiaq, which means "one with plenty of fish" and refers to the abundance of fish in the many surrounding lakes and rivers. The natural bay provided a safe harbour where the Hudson's Bay Company set up a trading post in 1921. The growth of Cambridge Bay was spurred by the building of a DEW line site and a military airstrip in the 1905's. The arrival of the Government of Canada and the services it provided forced people to give up their traditional lifestyles and move into the community. Today, Cambridge Bay is the regional government centre for the Kitikmeot. Major employers in Cambridge Bay include the Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, the Ikaluktutiak Co-op, the Hamlet of Cambridge Bay and Kitnuna, although there are many other employment opportunities in the community.

The tundra around Cambridge Bay is dotted with many lakes and rivers. With the exception of Uvjuq to the north the land is comprised of gentle rolling hills. Within walking distance of the community it is possible to see many different species of wildlife such as
Musk ox musk ox, Caribou caribou, Arctic Hare arctic hare, foxes, lemmings, weasels, birds and many types of plants. In the ocean it is possible to see both ringed and bearded seals. The rivers and the ocean are also home to many fish such as char and trout.

The Inukshuk

The Inukshuk is probably the best known symbol of the arctic. It has been used for centuries by the Inuit people to guide them on the land and is also used to mark sacred and other special places. They are made out of rocks and can be seen all over the arctic. I made some to use as icons (similar to the gif above) and they are available on the downloads page. Included is a icl file which has all 28 icons as one Microangelo Icon Control Library.