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The name Taloyoak refers to a large stone blind traditionally used by Inuit to herd and harvest caribou. The community - formerly known as Spence Bay – is the northernmost community on the Canadian mainland and was central to early European explorations such as the John Ross expeditions to locate the Magnetic North Pole and the search for the lost Franklin expedition.

The history, landscape, and wildlife of Taloyoak are the main attractions in the area, with many excellent hiking, camping, and fishing opportunities nearby. The community is home to many prolific artists, with wool Spence Bay “packing dolls” being particularly popular.

Potential non-renewable resources in the region include: gold and diamonds.

Land Use Planning

Approved Land Use Plan

The community of Taloyoak is not yet covered by an approved land use plan. 

Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan

Between 2004 and 2011, NPC staff visited every Nunavut community to conduct individual “Use and Occupancy Mapping” interviews to collect information on traditional land use activities “within living memory”. This community land use information is included in the Draft Plan and has been used to support decision-making.

The Commission also visited the Community on November 20 - 21, 2014, for community engagement meetings on the Draft Plan.

Information was presented and received from participants in Taloyoak in accordance with Nunavut Planning Commission’s Engagement Strategy. The summary report of the Community Meetings on the Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan held on November20 - 21, 2014 in Taloyoak can be found below. 

The community views and comments have been very informative in the ongoing process of development and revisions of the Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan. In particular, all areas of importance identified by the community are included in the Draft Plan as “Community Priorities and Values”.

Fact Sheet
91% Inuit
93° 34.8' W
69° 33.0' N
2,050 km northeast of Edmonton