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Taloyoak in June
Taloyoak in June
Taloyoak is located in Nunavut
Taloyoak is located in Canada
Coordinates: 69°32′13″N 093°31′36″W / 69.53694°N 93.52667°W / 69.53694; -93.52667Coordinates: 69°32′13″N 093°31′36″W / 69.53694°N 93.52667°W / 69.53694; -93.52667
Country Canada
Territory Nunavut
Region Kitikmeot Region
Electoral district Netsilik
 • Type Hamlet Council
 • Mayor Simon Qingnaqtuq
 • MLA Emilino Qirngnuq
 • Total 37.65 km2 (14.54 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 28 m (92 ft)
Population (2016)[3]
 • Total 1,029
 • Density 27/km2 (71/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
Canadian Postal code X0B 1B0
Area code(s) 867

Taloyoak or Talurjuaq (Inuktitut syllabics: ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᖅ [taloʁjuˈaq]), formerly known as Spence Bay until 1 July 1992; (2016 population 1,029[3]) is located on the Boothia Peninsula, Kitikmeot, in Canada's Nunavut Territory. The community is served only by air and by annual supply sealift. Taloyoak may mean "large blind", referring to a stone caribou blind or a screen used for caribou hunting. The community is situated 460 km (290 mi) east of the regional centre of Cambridge Bay, 1,224 km (761 mi) northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Taloyoak is the northernmost community in mainland Canada.[5]

Broadband communications[edit]

The community has been served by the Qiniq network since 2005. Qiniq is a fixed wireless service to homes and businesses, connecting to the outside world via a satellite backbone. The Qiniq network is designed and operated by SSI Micro. In 2017, the network was upgraded to 4G LTE technology, and 2G-GSM for mobile voice.


Year Population
1981 431
1985 452
1986 540
1988 est. 540
1991 580
2006 809
2011 899
2016 1,029

As of the 2016 census the population was 1,029 an increase of 14.5% from the 2011 census.[3]

Languages spoken are English and Inuktitut.

Surrounding area[edit]

Taloyoak is surrounded by tundra and the ground is black/gray. Although, to the north there is an impressive rock formation that looks similar to Ayers Rock.[6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nunavummiut elect new municipal leaders
  2. ^ Election Results 2013 General Election Archived 2013-11-13 at the Wayback Machine. at Elections Nunavut
  3. ^ a b c d "Census Profile, 2016 Census Taloyoak". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2017-03-05.
  4. ^ Elevation at airport. Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 19 July 2018 to 0901Z 13 September 2018.
  5. ^ Mark Nuttall (2012). Encyclopedia of the Arctic. Routledge - University of Alberta. p. 269. ISBN 978-1-136-78680-8.
  6. ^ ofarim, on August 20, 2008, said: (2008-08-20). "Photo of Ayers Rock of Nunavut". Panoramio. Retrieved 2011-07-26.
  7. ^ "Taloyoak A". Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010. Environment Canada. Climate ID: 2403854. Retrieved 2014-04-30.

Further reading[edit]

  • Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names. Taloyoak, Northwest Territories. Ottawa, Ont: CPCGN Secretariat, 1992.
  • Gray, Dorothy Allen. Looking Down, Up North with Arctic Specialty Foods from Spence Bay, the Northwest Territories, Canada Recipes. S.l: s.n.], 1974.
  • Harris, Pamela. Another Way of Being Photographs of Spence Bay N.W.T. Toronto: Impressions, 1976.
  • Williamson, Robert G. The Boothia Peninsula People Social Organization in Spence Bay, N.W.T. Polar Gas socio-economic program. Saskatoon: University of Saskatchewan. Institute for Northern Studies, 1977.

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