Clyde River Airport is a public airport that serves Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada, and is located 2.2 nautical miles (4.1 kilometres; 2.5 miles) northeast of Clyde River. It is operated by the Government of Nunavut. The airport is elevated at 87 feet / 27 metres above mean sea level and can be found on the map at these coordinates: 70°29′09″N, 068°31′01″W. It has one gravel surfaced runway, 02/20, which has a length of 3,501 feet / 1,067 metres. In 2010, it recorded 480 aircraft movements.
What to see & do
Clyde River is an Inuit hamlet located on the shore of Baffin Island's Patricia Bay cove, off Clyde Inlet. It is an arm of Davis Strait in the Qikiqtaaluk Region, of the territory of Nunavut, Canada. It is situated in the Baffin Mountains, which form part of the Arctic Cordillera mountain range. There are 10 fiords found within a 100-kilometre (or 62-mile) radius of the community, including the world-famous Sam Ford Fiord, known for its vertical climbing walls. However, it’s just one reason why this spectacular hamlet is a must visit. Its mesmerising natural wonders and sceneries are comprised of mountains, fiords, glaciers, ice caps, tundra slopes, icebergs, and rugged arctic coastline. Rock and ice climbers from all over the world flock to Clyde River for its mountains, icebergs, and glaciers. A wildlife adventure also awaits, as there are plenty that can be seen throughout the region. It is by no means uncommon to see polar bears, seals, narwhals, bowhead whales, caribou, arctic hare, arctic fox, and several species of migratory birds. Immerse in traditional Inuit culture, one way would be meeting ‘Kangiqtugaapik’ artists who are famous for the quality of their whalebone carvings. Their stone sculptures are created here from a distinctive, light green stone found north of Clyde River. Their local carvings and sculptures differ in style, from highly realistic depictions of animals, people, and hunting scenes to creative interpretations of dancing animals. Popular recreational activities in Clyde River include exploring the spectacular landscape via snowmobiling in the winter and spring, or by ATV in the summer and fall. Dog sledding and boating opportunities are also available, including excursions to the floe edge and to visit passing icebergs. There is also the proposed Clyde River Territorial Park.
How to get around
There is very little information regarding Clyde River’s transportation system, although it is noted that the community is served by air and by annual supply sealift. Within Nunavut, ATVs and trucks are used during the summer, particularly in the smaller communities. During winter, snowmobiles, and sometimes dog sleds, are the main modes of transportation.
How to get there
Clyde River Airport is served by two airlines, Canadian North and First Air, both operating regular flights to and from Iqaluit and Pond Islet in Canada. The airport in Nunavut that has the most connections is Iqaluit Airport, which handles scheduled passenger service from Ottawa, Montreal, Rankin Inlet, and Kuujjuaq, as well as from smaller communities throughout Nunavut.