Clyde River, Nunavut

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Clyde River
ᑲᖏᖅᑐᒑᐱᒃ
Kangiqtugaapik
Hamlet
Clyde River 1997
Clyde River 1997
Official seal of Clyde River
Seal
Clyde River is located in Nunavut
Clyde River
Clyde River
Coordinates: 70°28′26″N 068°35′10″W / 70.47389°N 68.58611°W / 70.47389; -68.58611Coordinates: 70°28′26″N 068°35′10″W / 70.47389°N 68.58611°W / 70.47389; -68.58611
Country Canada
Territory Nunavut
Region Qikiqtaaluk Region
Electoral district Uqqummiut
Government[1][2]
 • Mayor Jerry Natanine
 • MLA Samuel Nuqingaq
Area[3]
 • Land 106.55 km2 (41.14 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 27 m (89 ft)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 934
 • Density 8.8/km2 (23/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Canadian Postal code X0A 0E0
Area code(s) 867

Clyde River (Inuktitut: Kanngiqtugaapik, Syllabics: ᑲᖏᖅᑐᒑᐱᒃ) is an Inuit hamlet located on the shore of Baffin Island's Patricia Bay, off Clyde Inlet,[5] an arm of Davis Strait in the Qikiqtaaluk Region, of Nunavut Canada. It lies in the Baffin Mountains which in turn form part of the Arctic Cordillera mountain range. The community is served by air and by annual supply sealift.

The community is served by Quluaq School, two stores, a new arena, a community hall, a church, health centre, hotel and Clyde River Airport with regular flights to Iqaluit and Pond Inlet.

Demographics[edit]

Beached komatiks at Clyde River.

At the 2011 census the population was 934, an increase of 13.9% from the 2006 census.[3] About half of the people here are under the age of 18 and the population is growing rapidly.

Geography[edit]

It is located on a flood plain, surrounded by spectacular fiords that stretch all the way into the Barnes Icecap. The mountains, icebergs and glaciers in the Clyde River area attract rock and ice climbers from around the world.

There is also a multitude of animals to be seen, including Barren-ground Caribou, Narwhals, Polar Bears and other sea mammals. The proposed "Igaliqtuuq National Wildlife Area", which would be a protected Bowhead Whale sanctuary, is located in Isabella Bay. Clyde River will become the location for Nunavut's New Cultural school which will be complete in 2009.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Clyde River Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high Humidex 2.2 1.7 −2.0 7.2 8.5 15.0 21.4 20.7 14.4 34.4 1.7 1.7 34.4
Record high °C (°F) 3.3
(37.9)
3.3
(37.9)
−1.0
(30.2)
11.7
(53.1)
8.9
(48)
17.8
(64)
22.2
(72)
20.0
(68)
14.6
(58.3)
10.3
(50.5)
6.7
(44.1)
2.8
(37)
22.2
(72)
Average high °C (°F) −25.2
(−13.4)
−25.7
(−14.3)
−22.6
(−8.7)
−14.1
(6.6)
−4.2
(24.4)
3.9
(39)
8.8
(47.8)
7.3
(45.1)
2.8
(37)
−3.8
(25.2)
−13.4
(7.9)
−20.1
(−4.2)
−8.9
(16)
Daily mean °C (°F) −29.1
(−20.4)
−29.9
(−21.8)
−27.2
(−17)
−19.1
(−2.4)
−8.2
(17.2)
1.0
(33.8)
5.0
(41)
4.3
(39.7)
0.5
(32.9)
−7.0
(19.4)
−17.2
(1)
−24.1
(−11.4)
−12.6
(9.3)
Average low °C (°F) −33.0
(−27.4)
−33.8
(−28.8)
−31.7
(−25.1)
−24.0
(−11.2)
−12.2
(10)
−1.8
(28.8)
1.2
(34.2)
1.1
(34)
−1.9
(28.6)
−10.1
(13.8)
−20.8
(−5.4)
−27.9
(−18.2)
−16.2
(2.8)
Record low °C (°F) −50.2
(−58.4)
−50.1
(−58.2)
−47.8
(−54)
−41.1
(−42)
−31.1
(−24)
−17.2
(1)
−6.8
(19.8)
−5.6
(21.9)
−16.1
(3)
−28.7
(−19.7)
−39.5
(−39.1)
−45.0
(−49)
−50.2
(−58.4)
Wind chill −59.5 −62.4 −58.1 −48.9 −34.4 −20.0 −10.5 −9.5 −21.2 −36.4 −46.7 −55.3 −62.4
Precipitation mm (inches) 8.8
(0.346)
6.3
(0.248)
7.4
(0.291)
15.6
(0.614)
17.7
(0.697)
16.5
(0.65)
22.3
(0.878)
31.4
(1.236)
33.0
(1.299)
37.7
(1.484)
22.9
(0.902)
13.5
(0.531)
233.0
(9.173)
Rainfall mm (inches) 0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.5
(0.02)
5.6
(0.22)
14.5
(0.571)
32.2
(1.268)
10.2
(0.402)
0.3
(0.012)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
63.3
(2.492)
Snowfall cm (inches) 10.6
(4.17)
8.7
(3.43)
8.4
(3.31)
12.7
(5)
16.5
(6.5)
12.5
(4.92)
6.6
(2.6)
5.2
(2.05)
27.7
(10.91)
40.4
(15.91)
28.2
(11.1)
17.2
(6.77)
194.7
(76.65)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 7.1 6.3 6.6 8.5 10.3 6.9 7.6 10.6 14.0 16.7 11.6 8.1 114.4
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 1.6 6.6 9.1 3.8 0.3 0.1 0.0 21.8
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 7.3 6.6 6.8 8.7 10.5 5.6 2.4 3.3 12.0 17.0 11.8 8.4 100.3
 % humidity 65.1 63.6 63.6 71.2 81.1 83.5 78.5 80.1 80.8 81.6 74.8 67.5 74.3
Mean monthly sunshine hours 0.0 56.1 175.6 253.3 264.1 273.4 279.0 161.6 83.9 45.5 0.0 0.0 0.0
Percent possible sunshine 0.0 28.6 48.8 51.8 37.9 38.0 37.6 28.0 20.7 16.4 0.0 0.0 0.0
Source #1: Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010 (temperatures, rain and snow)[6]
Source #2: Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000 (precipitation, average precipitation, rain and snow, humidex, humidity, windchill and sun)[7]
Brand new cultural centre 
Hamlet offices 
Another shot of Clyde River 
What better way to dress up a rock? 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nunavummiut elect new municipal leaders
  2. ^ Nunavut recounts produce one winner and one intractable deadlock
  3. ^ a b c Clyde River, HAM Nunavut (Census subdivision)
  4. ^ Elevation at airport. Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 24 July 2014 to 0901Z 18 September 2014
  5. ^ "Nunavut Communities". 2007 Western Premiers' Conference. gov.nu.ca. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 
  6. ^ "Clyde River A" (CSV (4222 KB)). Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010. Environment Canada. Climate ID: 2400800. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  7. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000". Environment Canada. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Gearheard S, W Matumeak, I Angutikjuaq, J Maslanik, HP Huntington, J Leavitt, DM Kagak, G Tigullaraq, and RG Barry. 2006. ""It's Not That Simple": A Collaborative Comparison of Sea Ice Environments, Their Uses, Observed Changes, and Adaptations in Barrow, Alaska, USA, and Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada". Ambio. 35, no. 4: 203-11.
  • Igutaq Group Clyde River. Igutaq Group Clyde River Prints/Estampes, 1981. Ottawa: Igutaq Group, 1981. ISBN 0-920234-47-X
  • Nickels, Scot. Northern Conservation and Tourism The Perceptions of Clyde River Inuit. Ottawa: National Library of Canada, 1992. ISBN 0-315-80424-6
  • Sekerak, A. D. A Community Plan to Increase Fish Populations Near Clyde River, N.W.T. [Yellowknife, N.W.T.]: The Dept, 1991.

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