Known as the “Iceberg Capital of Nunavut”, Qikiqtarjuaq (formerly Broughton Island and translated as “big island”) is located on a triangular island off the east coast of Baffin Island . In 1956, the community grew as families relocated from Padloping and the Kivitoo areas to help build the DEW Line station. There are about 520 residents in Qikiqtarjuaq today, 97% of whom are Inuit and speak Inuktitut as their first language.
To get to Qikiqtarjuaq, First Air provides daily air service five days a week from Iqaluit. Kenn Borek provides daily air service six days a week from Iqaluit and is a partner of Canadian North. You can also charter flights with Air Nunavut .
Please note that Qikiqtarjuaq is a restricted community regarding alcohol and all alcohol must be pre-approved by the Local Alcohol and Drug Committee prior to it coming into the community. LEELIE Enterprises does not permit alcohol on its premises.
Qikiqtarjuaq is a great place to shop for souvenirs of your trip to Nunavut . Located on the waterfront in building 99, only minutes away from the airport, LEELIE’s Souvenir Shop specializes in local jewellery such as earrings and pins, and carvings from soapstone, caribou antler and ivory. Sealskin products such as stuffed owls and wall hangings are available or can be specially ordered. Drop by the shop and see the exceptional talent of Qikiqtarjuaq artists. Prices are very reasonable and wholesale prices are also offered.