Rankin Inlet is in mainland Nunavut, Canada.
The town is the second largest community in Nunavut and before 1999, Rankin was a regional centre for the Northwest Territories government. After the signing of the accord which separated Nunavut from the Northwest Territories, Rankin Inlet became principally a political centre of the territorial claims. It is again growing rapidly and serves as a hub for countless companies and organisations.
With the development of a new gold mine and the recent opening of a correctional facility, the community is growing fast. Rankin hosts a wide range of recreational facilities like arenas for hockey and curling, a turf baseball diamond, and courts for volleyball, basketball, soccer and badminton. The community also boasts a football ground, an 18 hole golf course and playgrounds for children.
Rankin Inlet does not have any alcohol restrictions and alcohol can be imported for personal use.
By planeRankin Inlet has flights from Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Yellowknife through airlines such as First Air and Calm Air. No roads are connected to any larger cities in Canada, due to the location of Rankin Inlet.
Rankin Inlet Airportphone: +1 867-645-3403Rankin Inlet is the waystation for flights between Iqaluit and Yellowknife.
phone: +1 867 645-3445, +1-877-873-3718 (for those with hearing difficulty)
phone: +1 867 645-2746
phone: +1 867 645-2470
phone: +1 867 645-2992
Rankin Inlet is very small, so one could reasonably get around by foot.
S&G Taxiphone: +1 867 645-4000
Fluffy's Taxiphone: +1 867 645-2233
Matchbox Galleryphone: +1 867 645-2674
A visit in autumn or winter gives you a chance to see one of Earth's most spectacular phenomena – the Aurora Borealis. They can be easily seen from October to March in the centre of the community, but by taking a walk out of the town, they can be more spectacular. Inuit people have many legends about the auroras, which can be heard by talking to people in Rankin.
A walk five minutes outside the community will give you the opportunity to see terrain which appears untouched by humans. You will most likely discover the siksiit. Spring and summer brings squirrels, which are everywhere, chattering incessantly from their perches, as do peregrine falcons and gyrfalcons. Keep a watchful eye on the area to see loons, geese, swans and cranes, which will keep photographers busy.
Iqalugaarjuup Nunanga Territorial ParkIqalugaarjuup Nanang Historical Park a half day adventure and a favourite spot for hiking, fishing and bird watching. The archaeological site of Thule near the Ijiraliq River offers a historical perspective. Although water from the Rankin Inlet valve is treated and safe to drink, many locals use the river as a source of fresh water during the spring and summer. Visitors can plunge into stone age culture while visiting this park and take a glimpse at ancient Inuit Arctic traditions.
Marble IslandMarble Island figures prominently in Inuit traditions and received the special designation of area of exclusive possession in the accord which separated Nunavut from the Northwest Territories. A boat trip to Marble Island located nearby offers a beautiful contrast with the purple flowers of dwarf fireweed growing amongst the rocks. The tombs of the crew of the Knight Expedition from 1921 are still visible on Dead Man Island. At low tide on clear days, one can clearly see the silhouette of the whaling ship, the Orray Taft, which sank near the island in 1893.
Hockey forms part of the Rankin Inlet community. Rankin is particularly involved since it is the hometown of hockey player Jordin Tootoo (of the NHL Detroit Red Wings). In addition, there are major hockey tournaments held in the community each year. In April the annual Pakallak Tyme festival is held, offering outdoor games and competitions, dog sled racing and snowmobile racing. May hosts the annual fishing tournament that attracts people from other communities. July 9 is Nunavut Day which is celebrated with pride throughout the territory. In autumn, the community usually hosts the annual trade show for Kivalliq Region inviting companies from all seven communities in the region.
During the holidays there are organized events, including snow sculptures, games, talent shows, concerts, craft sales, pageants, dog sled races and snowmobiling. Traditional sports like "one foot high kick," "two foot high kick," "arm pull," "knuckle hop", "head sweater", "airplane" and others are still practiced in the community and are presented at many events throughout the year.
SakkuFirst Avataq Cup.
Pakallak TimeThe most popular of the annual events, Pakallak Time includes a sled race, snowmobile races, igloo building and community celebrations.
Hamlet DayInvolves a barbecue with the community, square dancing at the arena and outdoor games.
National Aboriginal DayThis is an event across Canada and is celebrated on June 21 every year.
Canada Day1 July. Communities across the country organise celebrations often including parades.
Nunavut Day9 July. Nunavummiut celebrate the "Agreement on the Nunavut Land Claims Act and the Nunavut Act," with the Nunavut Day. All government offices are closed to mark this occasion.
Ivalu represents small businesses in many Inuit communities in Nunavut. Here you will find sealskin clothing, knitted hats and vests, sculptures, jewellery and meat products.
Andy's Airport Gift Shop also offers original art pieces, jewellery, pottery, and clothing. The Co-op store and Kissarvik Siniktarvik Hotel shop sell sculptures and crafts.
RBC Bankphone: +1 867 645-3260address: 220 Okingutigit Building
CIBC Bankphone: +1 867 645-2863
Northern Storephone: +1 867 645-2823address: Tupirvik AveGeneral store and grocery.
phone: +1 867 645-2801Grocery store, also provides cable television services and property and video rentals for residents of the community.
Ivalu Ltd.phone: +1 867 645-3400Equipment and supplies, arts and crafts, gifts.
Truserv Kativikphone: +1 867 645-3280address: Building 93Clothing, hobbies. arts and crafts, electrical goods.
Quick Stopaddress: Tupirvik AveConvenience store with a Tim Horton counter.
Sugar Rush Caféphone: +1 867 645-3372address: 116 - 24 Inukshuk AveCoffee, doughnuts, soup and sandwiches.
Turaarvik Inns North Restaurantphone: +1 867 645-4955Dining room and daily menu.
Siniktarvik Hotel and Conference Centrephone: +1 867 645-2807address: Rankin Inlet, NU X0C 0G0Though not as great as most hotels further south, this hotel is calm and comfortable.
phone: +1 867 645-2275cuisine communautaire
Turaarvik Inns North Hotelphone: +1 867 645-4955
phone: +1 867 645-2650
Tara’s Bed and Breakfastphone: +1 867 645-3478Colleen Napier
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)phone: +1 867 645-1111
Kivalliq Wildlife Officesphone: +1 867 645-8084
- High-speed wireless internet is available in all parts of the community, and providers include Netkaster, NorthwesTel and Qiniq (available in every community).
- Only mobile phones from Bell work well in Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet.
- CHAR-FM (92.7 FM) – James Sandy
- VF2410 (97.9 FM) – Municipality of Rankin Inlet
- CBQR-FM (105.1 FM) – CBC North – public news/talk
- Kivalliq News – published every Wednesday, $1.00.
Canada Postphone: +1 867 645-2680address: Rankin Inlet, NU