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North America > Canada > Northern Canada > Nunavut > Baffin Island > Pangnirtung


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Pangnirtung is an Inuit hamlet on Baffin Island in Nunavut, Canada. It serves as the starting point for trekkers departing for the Akshayuk Pass in Auyuittuq National Park.

A view of Pangnirtung during an August night

Get in[edit]

First Air and Canadian North offer daily scheduled flights to Pangnirtung from Iqaluit.

Get around[edit]

It is a small town so getting around by foot is not difficult.



There are two trails suitable for day hikes.

  • The Ikuvik Trail starts on the east bank of the Duval River and leads to the peak of Mount Duval (671m above sea level). As the terrain is rocky most of the way, there is no real path. Follow the stone markers (inukshuks) along the Duval River and then turn to a V-shaped notch in the ridge and then pick either a direct path straight to the peak or a longer, less steep one around the south side of the mountain.
  • The Ukama Trail follows the west bank of the Duval River for about three miles to the mouth of an unnamed stream (elevation 300m). At the end of the trail, climb uphill (about 40m elevation) to reach a plateau with good views of the terrain. From there, you can choose to follow Duval River as it turns eastward, to follow the stream to small lake fed by glacier melt, or to continue climbing southeast to enjoy excellent views of the Duval River valley and the mountains surrounding it.



The only public eating establishment in town is a fast food court at Northern Store supermarket.


Pangnirtung is a dry town. No alcohol is sold in town and guests at the Auyuittuq Lodge are prohibited from bringing alcohol to the hotel.


The only lodging in town is Auyuittuq Lodge, 867-473-8955. It has 11 double rooms with shared bathrooms. Single travelers may find themselves sharing a room with a stranger in times of high demand.

The lodge serves breakfast (6.30-9.30am), lunch (12-1pm), and dinner (6-7pm on weekdays, 5-6pm on weekends) to guests. It is not open to the public.

There is an official camp site (without any facilities) near the mouth of the Duval River.


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