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10 Interesting Facts About Baker Lake, Nunavut

Facts About Baker Lake

  • Baker Lake is a hamlet in the Kivalliq Region, in Nunavut on mainland Canada.
  • The community was given its English name in 1761 from Captain William Christopher who named it after Sir William Baker, the 11th Governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company.
  • In 1916, the Hudson’s Bay Company established a trading post at Baker Lake, followed by Anglican missionaries in 1927.
  • Baker Lake is known for its Inuit art, such as wallhangings, basalt stone sculptures and stone-cut prints.
  • Baker Lake’s Inuktitut name is Qamani’tuaq, which means “ where the river widens”
  • Baker Lake is 40 kilometres from the geographic centre of Canada and is the only inland community in Nunavut.
  • Baker Lake is 18 m (59 ft) above sea level.
  • Baker Lake sits on the shore of a huge lake, surrounded in all directions by pristine tundra landscape.
  • The Estimated Population of Baker Lake is 2,069.
  • The settlement is served by Baker Lake Airport, linking it to the nearby coastal town of Rankin Inlet, about 35 minutes away by air.
Facts About Baker Lake, Nunavut
Facts About Baker Lake, Nunavut

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