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Coral Harbour Airport is a public airport situated six nautical miles (11 kilometres; 6.9 miles) northwest of Coral Harbour, Nunavut, Canada. It is operated by the Government of Nunavut. The airport is elevated at 204 feet / 62 metres above mean sea level and can be found on the map at these coordinates: 64°11′36″N 083°21′34″W. It has one gravel-surfaced runway, directed 16/34, with a length of 5,006 feet / 1,526 metres. In 2010, it recorded 2,319 aircraft movements.

What to see & do

Coral Harbour is an Inuit community located on Southampton Island at the north end of Hudson Bay. It is known as Salliq ("large, flat island in front of the mainland") by the Inuit, and its English name is from fossilised coral that can be found in the adjacent waters of South Bay. Coral Harbour has long served as a strategic point on the northern rim of Hudson Bay. If you seek for marine wildlife, Coral Harbour is the place to go! The community’s rising popularity as an ecotourism base is due to its excellent walrus and polar bear watching in Nunavut. Outdoor enthusiasts will surely enjoy the outdoor activities that Coral Harbour has to offer, with its excellent conditions for cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling that are best done from October to June. During summer, the roads and trails around the island are perfect for hiking, mountain biking, and exploring by ATV, not to mention, there are great spots for fishing – specifically for the arctic char – near town. Don’t be surprised if you’ll see plenty of wildlife species like caribous, snow geese, tundra swans, sandhill cranes, and of course walruses and polar bears (when you go on a boating trip). Coral Harbour is also home to plenty of artisans that work wonders using ivory, whalebone, duffle, print, soapstone, and seal skin. Visit the nearby Native Point, where you will find a sacred archaeological site of the Sallirmiut people, the last descendants of Tuniit (Dorset) culture that is sometimes referred to as 'The Lost City of the North'. Other places of interest include the 16 Mile Brook, a popular nesting ground for owls and a great spot for fishing and hunting; Bear Island, best known for its tower and is popular among carvers. Its distinct white-coloured rock provides beautiful limestone; Coats Island, known for its bird population and is a great spot for walrus sighting; Duke of York Bay, for its breathtaking scenery, steep cliffs, and rich wildlife resources; East Bay Bird Sanctuary, which covers 1,165 kilometres of land and marine waters and provides prime nesting ground for Common Eiders; Fossil Creek, a popular swimming area in the summer; and Harry Gibbons Bird Sanctuary, home to at least 18 species of mammals and serves as a wintering area for Walrus, Polar Bears, Beluga Whales, Harbour Seals, Bearded Seals, and Ringed Seals.

How to get around within Coral Harbour

The island’s main transportation is via snowmobile and dog sleigh in the winter and all-terrain vehicle in the summer.

How to get there

Coral Harbour Airport is currently served by three airlines: Calm Air (Arviat, Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Churchill, Rankin Inlet, Repulse Bay, Thompson), First Air (Cape Dorset, Chesterfield Inlet, Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet), and Kivalliq Air (Churchill, Rankin Inlet, Repulse Bay, Winnipeg). The other way of getting in is by water from Churchill, Manitoba (due to resupply barges) – although this is every summer only.

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