Resolute is known as ‘Qausuittuq’ in Inuktitut, which means the ‘place with no dawn’ because of the long winter night this far north.

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Resolute is the second most northerly community in Nunavut và Canada. It is sometimes called Resolute Bay, after its bay, the waterway into Parry Channel on the southern coast of Cornwallis Island, right in the middle of the Northwest Passage.

Resolute is home to some of the greatest Inuit hunters in the world. This High Arctic hamlet with its excellent airport often serves as a starting point for international scientific research teams & extreme adventure expeditions lớn the North Pole.

It is also the ‘place with no sunset’ in the summertime! The many little islands & big arctic waters nearby are special habitats for numerous nesting birds & large migrating pods of beluga whales. When you visit this special place be prepared for polar conditions. Resolute is situated so far north that most times you have to lớn look south to see the Northern Lights!

The terrain near Resolute has rocky coastal bluffs và gravel flats along its shoreline, with rolling hills, deposits of glacial moraine và several small lakes nearby.

Summer temperatures rise above freezing to 8°C. The snow starts khổng lồ accumulate in September. Winter temperatures, December khổng lồ April, range between -20°C and -40°C. The average temperature here is -13°C. The long winter night lasts from mid-November khổng lồ February. It is often very windy and it’s arid here, with limited precipitation.

Average Temperature in Resolute

The area around Resolute contains archaeological evidence of being occupied sporadically by Pre-Dorset, Dorset và Thule people from 1500 BC to 1000 AD. However, modern Inuit did not occupy or use this area until the 1953 High Arctic relocation of Inuit people by the Government of Canada during the Cold War.

Pre-Dorset Culture (‘Saqqaq’): 2500 BC to lớn 500 BCDorset Culture (‘Tuniit’ or ‘Sivullirmiut’): 500 BC lớn 1500 ADThule Culture (Proto-Inuit): 1000 AD khổng lồ 1600 AD

Canada và the United States jointly built a weather station và airstrip here in 1947, followed by a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) base in 1949. The entire 1950 population of Resolute was composed of military personnel, meteorologists và technical people from the south.

The present Inuit community of Resolute got its hard start in 1953.

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Efforts lớn assert strategic sovereignty in the High Arctic during the Cold War led the Government of Canada khổng lồ forcibly relocate Inuit families from northern Québec khổng lồ Resolute. The first group included one Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, Ross Gibson, who later became the first schoolteacher here. A second group arrived from Pond Inlet in 1955. The Inuit had been promised homes & game to lớn hunt, but the relocated people found few buildings and very little familiar wildlife. They were also told they would be returned home after a year if they wished, but this offer was later withdrawn. The Inuit were forced to lớn stay, so they learned the beluga migration routes & were able lớn subsist by hunting over a gigantic range of 18,000 square kilometres (6,950 square miles).

The Government of Canada conducted hearings in 1993 khổng lồ investigate the High Arctic Relocation Program & formally apologized khổng lồ the Inuit in 2008. The relocation experience was arduous. Fortunately, the brave Inuit people of Resolute are excellent hunters, gifted seamstresses and loving providers for their families.

Resolute remains a vitally important Canadian Forces base of operations & military training because of its strategic location. Immense undersea petroleum resources are being developed in the Arctic Ocean and climate change is opening the Northwest Passage to an ever-increasing volume of international shipping traffic.

Resolute is named after the British ship HMS Resolute which became trapped in ice và abandoned here in 1850 while searching for the lost Franklin Expedition and the Northwest Passage.

The sledding season begins in September and lasts until the middle of June.

This enjoyable outdoor activity is popular here even in the darkest days of midwinter, under twinkling starlight, pale-to-bright moonlight và the dazzling Aurora Borealis. There is continuous 24-hour sunshine here from late April lớn mid-August, which is a fantastic time to lớn view the seasonal abundance of migratory wildlife species.

In April và May, local guides will safely escort you onto the sea ice khổng lồ view seals, walruses và sometimes polar bears. Thousands of migratory birds nest on nearby islands in June when the wildflowers begin lớn bloom, which peak by late July. In the summer, when the char fishing is great, people also like to go beluga whale watching.

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The hard packed snow of Resolute is excellent for snowmobiling, affording wilderness excursions of great distance.

Local arts & crafts, unique stone & ivory carvings by the local artists plus beautiful articles of handmade traditional clothing are available at the Tudjaat Co-op và at Resolute cất cánh Sunset.