Arviat is the southernmost community in mainland Nunavut, on the western edge of Hudson Bay. It is less than an hour from Churchill, Manitoba. People who live in Arviat are called Arviammiut. They are a proud people who live in harmony with the land and wildlife around them and maintain a strong connection to their traditions and Inuit culture. Two national historic sites, Arvia'juaq (an island shaped like a large bowhead whale) and Qikiqtaarjuk (a small island), are easily accessible from the community are testament to the rich heritage and cultural resources.
The town was known as Eskimo Point until 1989 when it was renamed Arviat, a name derived from an Inuktitut work, arviq, meaning "bowhead whale" as the nearby coastal landscape resembles the shape of a bowhead whale.
1 Arviat Airport (YEK IATA) is served by Calm Air from Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Churchill, Rankin Inlet, Thompson, Whale Cove, and Winnipeg. Local taxis provide service between the town and the airport for $7.
- 1 Arvia'juaq and Qikiqtaarjuk National Historic Site, Qikiqtarjuac, Sentry Island. An Inuit spring camp used to harvest the nearby marine resources.
- 2 McConnell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary. 111 bird species have been recorded in this sanctuary and a great place to see some geese.
- The Northern Lights (aurora borealis) are very clear from Arviat during autumn and winter.
- 1 Inns North Motel and Cafe, 601 6th St, ☏ .