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Rigolet is located in Newfoundland and Labrador
Location of Rigolet in Newfoundland
Coordinates: 54°10′47″N 58°25′44″W / 54.17972°N 58.42889°W / 54.17972; -58.42889
Country Canada
Province Newfoundland and Labrador
 • Mayor (AngajukKâk)Jack Shiwak
 • Federal MPYvonne Jones (L)
 • Provincial MHARandy Edmunds (L)
 • Nunatsiavut Assembly membersDarryl Shiwak (I)
 • Total310
Time zoneUTC-4 (Atlantic Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (Atlantic Daylight)
Area code(s)709

Rigolet (Inuit: Kikiaq)[1] (population 310) is a remote, coastal Labrador Inuit community established in 1735 by French-Canadian trader Louis Fornel.

Located on Hamilton Inlet, which is at the entrance to fresh water Lake Melville; Rigolet is on salt water and is accessible to navigation during the winter. Although there is no road access, the community is accessible by snowmobile trail, Rigolet Airport, or seasonally via a coastal ferry from Happy-Valley-Goose Bay.

Fur trader in Rigolet, 1911

Although there are still coniferous trees surrounding the village, a few kilometers northeast into Hamilton Inlet, the terrain changes drastically to a sub-arctic tundra. Minke and Humpback whales are commonly observed in nearby waters. Rigolet is part of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims area and is overseen by the Nunatsiavut government. Approximately 5% of Rigolet's population is non Inuit. The town is the southernmost officially recognized Inuit community.[2]

It appears as the town of Rigo in John Wyndham's novel The Chrysalids.

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  1. ^ Issenman, Betty. Sinews of Survival: The living legacy of Inuit clothing. UBC Press, 1997. pp. 252-254
  2. ^ "Welcome to Rigolet". rigolet.ca. Retrieved 2010-06-04.

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Coordinates: 54°10′N 58°26′W / 54.167°N 58.433°W / 54.167; -58.433