Rankin Inlet, located on the northwestern shore of Hudson Bay, is the second largest community in Nunavut and is the administration and transportation hub of the Kivalliq region. The community is also known as Kangiqtiniq, or “deep bay/inlet” in Inuktitut.
The people of Rankin Inlet produce a variety of art, including carvings, bronze castings, and prints, and are well-known as the only producers of Inuit ceramics. Several outfitters and equipment suppliers provide tourists and companies with a variety of services. Excellent hiking, fishing, bird watching and some Thule archaeological sites can be found in Iqalugaarjuup Nunanga Territorial Park, located just 10 km northwest of the community.
Potential non-renewable resources in the region include: gold, diamonds, uranium, base metals, and nickel-copper platinum group elements (PGEs).
Population figures based on Statistics Canada 2006 Census