Kimmirut

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Kimmirut
ᑭᒻᒥᕈᑦ
Hamlet
Kimmirut, Nunavut
Kimmirut, Nunavut
Kimmirut is located in Nunavut
Kimmirut
Kimmirut
Coordinates: 62°50′48″N 069°52′07″W / 62.84667°N 69.86861°W / 62.84667; -69.86861Coordinates: 62°50′48″N 069°52′07″W / 62.84667°N 69.86861°W / 62.84667; -69.86861
Country Canada
Territory Nunavut
Region Qikiqtaaluk Region
Electoral district South Baffin
Anglican mission 1909
Government[1][2]
 • Mayor Kiponik Arlooktoo
 • MLA David Joanasie
Area[3]
 • Total 2.27 km2 (0.88 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 53 m (174 ft)
Population (2006)[3]
 • Total 411
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Canadian Postal code X0A 0N0
Area code(s) 867
Website www.kimmirut.ca

Kimmirut (Syllabics: ᑭᒻᒥᕈᑦ IPA: [kimːiɢut]; known as Lake Harbour until 1 January 1996) is a community in the Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada. It is located on the shore of Hudson Strait on Baffin Island's Meta Incognita Peninsula. Kimmirut means "heel", and refers to a rocky outcrop in the inlet.

It was at one time a Hudson's Bay Company trading post, and a Royal Canadian Mounted Police post. The Canadian explorer J. Dewey Soper used these posts as headquarters during his explorations in the 1920s and 1930s.

The community is served by Kimmirut Airport and by annual supply sealift. A proposal in 2005 for a road to Iqaluit was shown to be impractical owing to roundabout routing over the mountains.

As of the 2006 census the population was 411, a decrease of 5.1% from the 2001 census.[3]

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Climate[edit]

Kimmirut has an Arctic climate (Köppen: ET), although it is well outside the Arctic Circle. The city has cold winters and short summers that are too cool to permit the growth of trees. It is north of the tree line, and average monthly temperatures are below freezing for eight months of the year. Kimmirut averages just over 335 mm (13.2 in) of precipitation annually, wetter than many other localities in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, with the summer being the wettest season.

Climate data for Kimmirut
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 8.0
(46.4)
12.0
(53.6)
23.0
(73.4)
29.0
(84.2)
33.0
(91.4)
37.0
(98.6)
39.0
(102.2)
37.0
(98.6)
33.0
(91.4)
29.0
(84.2)
20.0
(68)
10.0
(50)
39.0
(102.2)
Average high °C (°F) −21.0
(−5.8)
−21.0
(−5.8)
−16.0
(3.2)
−8.0
(17.6)
0.0
(32)
8.0
(46.4)
13.0
(55.4)
12.0
(53.6)
6.0
(42.8)
0.0
(32)
−7.0
(19.4)
−15.0
(5)
−4.1
(24.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) −26.0
(−14.8)
−26.0
(−14.8)
−21.5
(−6.7)
−13.0
(8.6)
−3.5
(25.7)
4.5
(40.1)
8.5
(47.3)
8.0
(46.4)
3.0
(37.4)
−3.0
(26.6)
−11.5
(11.3)
−20.0
(−4)
−8.37
(16.93)
Average low °C (°F) −31.0
(−23.8)
−31.0
(−23.8)
−27.0
(−16.6)
−18.0
(−0.4)
−7.0
(19.4)
1.0
(33.8)
4.0
(39.2)
4.0
(39.2)
0.0
(32)
−6.0
(21.2)
−16.0
(3.2)
−25.0
(−13)
−12.7
(9.1)
Record low °C (°F) −45.0
(−49)
−47.0
(−52.6)
−44.0
(−47.2)
−34.0
(−29.2)
−24.0
(−11.2)
−9.0
(15.8)
−2.0
(28.4)
−3.0
(26.6)
−13.0
(8.6)
−27.0
(−16.6)
−36.0
(−32.8)
−44.0
(−47.2)
−47.0
(−52.6)
Precipitation mm (inches) 16.4
(0.646)
14.5
(0.571)
15.5
(0.61)
24.0
(0.945)
30.0
(1.181)
30.0
(1.181)
31.0
(1.22)
40.4
(1.591)
43.4
(1.709)
34.9
(1.374)
30.0
(1.181)
25.4
(1)
335.5
(13.209)
Source: MSN Monthly Averages and Records [5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nunavummiut vie for council positions in upcoming hamlet elections
  2. ^ Results for the constituency of South Baffin at Elections Nunavut
  3. ^ a b c 2006 census
  4. ^ Elevation at airport. Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 24 July 2014 to 0901Z 18 September 2014
  5. ^ "Kimmirut, CAN". iMap by Singapore MSN Weather. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Fisher, Kyra Vladykov. Guide to Kimmirut Artists, 2005-2006. [Kimmirut]: Municipality of Kimmirut, 2005. ISBN 0-9739416-0-X
  • Woodley, S. B. Community Based Tourism in Kimmirut, Baffin Island, Nunavut Regional Versus Local Attitudes. Ottawa: National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada, 2001. ISBN 0-612-55010-9

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