Cambridge Bay, located on the south coast of Victoria Island, is the transportation and administrative centre of the Kitikmeot Region. The community is well-serviced and most modern conveniences are readily available. Kitikmeot Foods Ltd., one of three primary processing plants in Nunavut, operates year-round and mainly offers local Arctic char and muskox.
The traditional language of the region is Inuinnaqtun, which is written in the Latin alphabet rather than the syllabics used in the Inuktitut system. The Inuinnaqtun name for Cambridge Bay is Ikaluktutiak, or “good fishing place,” as the surrounding lakes and rivers are known for outstanding fishing. Guided hunting and fishing are available, and the community is the gateway to one of Nunavut’s nature lodges. Ovayok (Mount Pelly) Territorial Park, located approximately 15 kilometres east of Cambridge Bay, provides camping, hiking trails, muskox viewing, and interpretive panels detailing the site, which is an important landmark and source of Inuit legend.
Potential non-renewable resources in the region include: gold, diamonds, uranium, precious metals, base metals, and nickel-copper platinum group elements (PGEs).
Population figures based on Statistics Canada 2006 Census