Nunavut Territory, Canada
Baker Lake or Qamani’tuaq (“where the river widens”), is a hamlet in Nunavut on mainland Canada, 320 kilometers inland from Hudson Bay. It is near the nation’s geographical center; its coordinates are 64°19′N 96°02′W. Population is 1,507 according to the 2001 Census.
In 1916, the Hudson Bay Company established a trading post at Baker Lake, followed by Anglican missionaries in 1927. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police had been in the area for fifteen years before establishing a post at Baker Lake in 1930. A small hospital was built in 1957, followed by a regional school the next year. The settlement is served by Baker Lake Airport, linking it to the nearby coastal town of Rankin Inlet.
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