Gjoa Haven Airport is a public airport in Canada. It serves the hamlet of Gjoa Haven in Nunavut, Canada and is located 2.8 kilometres southwest of the community. The airport is operated by the Government of Nunavut.
Gjoa Haven is a hamlet in the Kitikmeot Region and is the only settlement on King William Island. In Inuktitu, the name for Gjoa Haven is Uqsuqtuuq, which means 'lots of fat'. This is in reference to the abundance of sea mammals in the surrounding waters. Gjoa Haven is set on an area of 28.47 square kilometres.
What to see & do
Dog Sledding Trips - Gjoa Haven is a known destination for fans of arctic history and outdoor activities. During the warmer months, the prime activities are hiking, boating, camping, hunting, fishing, bird watching, and ATV riding. However when the snow starts to pile on, a one-of-a kind experience that is perfect in Gjoa Haven is dog sledding. For the locals, dog sledding is just a normal form of transportation. For visitors, it may be an altogether new and exciting experience. It is advisable to arrange a dog sledding adventure in advance.
Northwest Passage Historical Park - Northwest Passage Historical Park, or Northwest Passage Territorial Park, is an interpretative centre and a walking trail. It consists of six areas showing part of the history of the exploration of the Northwest Passage, as well as the first successful passage by Arctic adventurer Roald Amundsen in the Gjøa. The Northwest Passage opened up opportunities for trade and travel to the Orient from the Old World. Included in the displays are a miniature replica of Amundsen's ship, traditional tools, caribou clothing, traditional kayaks, historical information about the Nattilik people, an observatory built by Amundsen to store his scientific instruments, and more.
Gjoa Haven Inuit Art - Gjoa Haven is known for its unique arts and crafts. Sculptors in Gjoa Haven use a translucent green stone or a harder dark green and black stone, and their works tend to reflect distortion and expressionism in human and spirit faces and bodies. Seamstresses in Gjoa Haven are known to produce beautiful Inuit clothing.
Queen Maud Migratory Bird Sanctuary - The Queen Maud Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a migratory bird sanctuary situated on the mainland across the Queen Maud Gulf. It is the largest federally protected nature preserve in Canada. This is also where the world's greatest concentrations of nesting geese can be found.
How to get around Gjoa Haven
In Gjoa Haven, the transportation options are quite limited. Residents usually use dog sleds or snowmobiles to get around. Since Nunavut is the only province (or territory) in the country with no roads leading to it, Gjoa Haven is no exception.
How to get there
Gjoa Haven Airport is served by the airlines Canadian North and First Air. Both airlines provide regular scheduled passenger services to and from nearby areas also in Canada. There are flights to Gjoa Haven Airport from Cambridge Bay Airport in Cambridge Bay, Kugaaruk Airport (formerly called Pelly Bay Townsite Airport) at Kugaaruk (formerly called Pelly Bay), Kugluktuk Airport in Kugluktuk, and Taloyoak Airport in Taloyoak.