Nunavut Territory, Canada
Whale Cove (Tikiraqjuaq, meaning “long point”), is a hamlet located 45 mi (72 km) south of Rankin Inlet, 100 mi (161 km) north of Arviat, in Kivalliq Region, Nunavut, Canada, on the western shore of Hudson Bay.
The community is named for the many beluga whales which congregate of the coast. Many of the inhabitants hunt these whales every fall and use their by-products for their oil and food. Whale Cove, initially settled by three distinct Inuit groups (one inland and two coastal), is a relatively traditional community: 99% Inuit, who still wear fur, hunt, fish, eat raw meat and fish. Whale Cove is on the polar bear migration route.
Local Inuit, regularly travel by ski-doo in the winter or by boat in summer months between the hamlet of Rankin Inlet and Whale Cove a distance of 100 km (62 mi). The terrain is arctic tundra, this consists mostly of rocks, mosses and lichens.
As of the 2006 census, the population was 353, an increase of 15.7% from the 2001 census.
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