Expedition 0: Qik to Pang

Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut (start)

Qikiqtarjuaq (formerly, until 1 November 1998: Broughton Island), is both a community and an island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. It is located in Davis Strait, off eastern Baffin Island. The island is known for Arctic wildlife, whale watching and as the northern access point for Auyuittuq National Park. As of the 2006 census the population was 473, a decrease of 8.9% from the 2001 census.

Pangnirtung, Nunavut (finish)

Pangnirtung (or Pang, also Pangniqtuuq) is an Inuit hamlet, Qikiqtaaluk Region, in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, located on Baffin Island. As of the 2006 census the population was 1,325, an increase of 3.8% from the 2001 census. Pangnirtung is situated on a coastal plain at the coast of Pangnirtung Fjord, a fjord which eventually merges with Cumberland Sound. The area of the town is 7.54 square kilometres.

There is some confusion about the village name. Residents say the real name is Panniqtuuq, which means “the place of many bull caribou”. Early in 2005 residents voted against officially changing the name of the village to the original native one, as Pangnirtung has achieved an international reputation for producing high-quality traditional arts, as well as printmaking and weaving.

(Source: Wikipedia.org)


  1. Joelle
    Mar 17, 2010

    Hey Aaron,

    Just checking out your sites. I made it to Igloolik, am loving the people and the gorgeous scenery. Best of luck on your travels and if your ever in the area look me up. I received some pension information today so it looks like I will try for 10 years in Nunavut ;-). Take care!

  2. Angel Pazurek-Tork
    Mar 29, 2010

    This has been an amazing journey to follow. Very inspiring! Can’t wait to hear your tall tales when you return home to Minnesota. Stay well.

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