Kugluktuk

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Kugluktuk
Qurluqtuq
ᖁᕐᓗᖅᑐᖅ
Hamlet
Hill top view of Kugluktuk
Hill top view of Kugluktuk
Kugluktuk is located in Nunavut
Kugluktuk
Kugluktuk
Coordinates: 67°49′32″N 115°05′42″W / 67.82556°N 115.09500°W / 67.82556; -115.09500Coordinates: 67°49′32″N 115°05′42″W / 67.82556°N 115.09500°W / 67.82556; -115.09500
Country Canada
Territory Nunavut
Region Kitikmeot Region
Electoral district Kugluktuk
Government[1][2]
 • Mayor Red Pedersen
 • MLA Peter Taptuna
Area[3]
 • Land 549.65 km2 (212.22 sq mi)
 • Population centre[4] 0.34 km2 (0.13 sq mi)
Elevation[5] 23 m (75 ft)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 1,450
 • Density 2.6/km2 (7/sq mi)
 • Population centre[4] 1,082
 • Population centre density 3,196.5/km2 (8,279/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Canadian Postal code X0B 0E0
Area code(s) 867

Kugluktuk (Inuinnaqtun: Qurluktuk, "the place of moving water"; Inuktitut: ᖁᕐᓗᖅᑐᖅ[pronunciation?], formerly Coppermine until 1 January 1996) is a hamlet located at the mouth of the Coppermine River in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada, on Coronation Gulf, southwest of Victoria Island. It is the westernmost community in Nunavut, near the border with the Northwest Territories.

The traditional language of the area is Inuinnaqtun and is written using the Latin alphabet, rather than the syllabics of the Inuktitut writing system. Like Cambridge Bay, Bathurst Inlet, and Umingmaktok syllabics are rarely seen and are used mainly by the Government of Nunavut.

Location[edit]

The community has the usual services: a post office, Northern Store, co-op store, and Hunters & Trappers Association. The two schools in the area are Kugluktuk High School and Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik. In June 2004, a fuel line broke in the center of Kugluktuk, spilling 2,000 L (439.9 imp gal; 528.3 US gal) of diesel fuel.

Demographics[edit]

As of the 2011 census, the population was 1,450, an increase of 11.4% from the 2006 census.[3]

In 1982, a division plebiscite was held. While approximately 80% of the population in what is now Nunavut voted in favour of division, Coppermine was one of only two communities to vote against division. Cambridge Bay was the other.[6]

Geography[edit]

Kugluktuk is located on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. The surrounding landscape is dominated by the rocky and often barren Canadian Shield. The region has a subarctic climate, but barely so, with July having an average of 10.7 °C (51.3 °F). It has very cold winters, light snowfall, and summers too cool to permit the growth of trees. Though trees do exist in the region, they are dwarfed and extremely sparse.

Flora and fauna[edit]

Plant growth in the region during summer months includes small shrubs, grass, moss, lichens, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, various flowers, and dwarfed willow and birch trees.

Climate[edit]

Tundra climates are characterized by sub-freezing mean annual temperatures, large annual temperature ranges, and moderately low precipitation. The Köppen climate classification for this climate is "ET" (tundra climate) a subtype of the polar climate.[7]

Climate data for Kugluktuk Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high Humidex 0.3 −1.7 −0.3 8.9 19.8 30.3 36.8 36.8 25.8 13.1 2.2 −1.5 36.8
Record high °C (°F) 0.8
(33.4)
−1.2
(29.8)
−0.1
(31.8)
9.8
(49.6)
19.8
(67.6)
31.1
(88)
34.9
(94.8)
29.2
(84.6)
22.6
(72.7)
13.8
(56.8)
2.8
(37)
−0.5
(31.1)
34.9
(94.8)
Average high °C (°F) −23.2
(−9.8)
−23.4
(−10.1)
−20.7
(−5.3)
−11.4
(11.5)
−1.3
(29.7)
9.9
(49.8)
15.6
(60.1)
13.1
(55.6)
6.5
(43.7)
−3.5
(25.7)
−14.8
(5.4)
−20.3
(−4.5)
−6.1
(21)
Daily mean °C (°F) −27.3
(−17.1)
−27.7
(−17.9)
−25.3
(−13.5)
−16.3
(2.7)
−5.3
(22.5)
5.5
(41.9)
10.9
(51.6)
9.0
(48.2)
3.3
(37.9)
−6.6
(20.1)
−18.7
(−1.7)
−24.5
(−12.1)
−10.3
(13.5)
Average low °C (°F) −31.4
(−24.5)
−32.0
(−25.6)
−29.8
(−21.6)
−21.2
(−6.2)
−9.2
(15.4)
1.0
(33.8)
6.1
(43)
4.8
(40.6)
0.1
(32.2)
−9.8
(14.4)
−22.6
(−8.7)
−28.6
(−19.5)
−14.4
(6.1)
Record low °C (°F) −47.3
(−53.1)
−47.2
(−53)
−47.0
(−52.6)
−40.2
(−40.4)
−30.2
(−22.4)
−12.1
(10.2)
−0.8
(30.6)
−4.4
(24.1)
−18.9
(−2)
−35.4
(−31.7)
−41.0
(−41.8)
−44.5
(−48.1)
−47.3
(−53.1)
Wind chill −64.3 −64.4 −65.0 −54.4 −39.7 −15.6 −5.9 −11.8 −22.9 −46.5 −54.1 −61.5 −65.0
Precipitation mm (inches) 10.4
(0.409)
8.4
(0.331)
9.9
(0.39)
10.0
(0.394)
14.6
(0.575)
16.6
(0.654)
44.5
(1.752)
45.1
(1.776)
37.8
(1.488)
26.5
(1.043)
13.0
(0.512)
10.4
(0.409)
247.2
(9.732)
Rainfall mm (inches) 0.1
(0.004)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.1
(0.004)
4.3
(0.169)
14.6
(0.575)
44.4
(1.748)
44.9
(1.768)
31.4
(1.236)
4.7
(0.185)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
144.5
(5.689)
Snowfall cm (inches) 19.6
(7.72)
16.3
(6.42)
19.4
(7.64)
18.2
(7.17)
16.2
(6.38)
2.1
(0.83)
0.0
(0)
0.2
(0.08)
7.7
(3.03)
35.0
(13.78)
25.5
(10.04)
21.9
(8.62)
182.1
(71.69)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 8.9 8.7 10.0 8.2 7.5 7.6 11.5 13.3 12.8 14.3 11.1 9.7 123.4
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 1.9 6.8 11.5 13.1 10.5 2.3 0.0 0.0 46.4
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 10.5 10.1 11.6 9.5 7.2 1.3 0.1 0.2 3.7 14.5 13.4 11.6 93.6
 % humidity 76.7 75.1 77.5 82.3 83.1 70.2 64.8 69.8 75.5 84.7 80.9 77.8 76.5
Mean monthly sunshine hours 17.8 77.3 160.3 233.3 246.7 375.0 341.6 207.7 91.1 51.2 19.6 0.2 1,821.7
Percent possible sunshine 17.7 35.5 44.4 49.6 38.7 52.1 48.5 38.5 22.8 17.6 12.7 0.7 31.6
Source: Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010[8]

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