Pangnirtung is located on western Baffin Island at the mouth of a river, amidst spectacular mountains and fiords. The community serves as the gateway to the famous Auyuittuq National Park, which offers a variety of activities, including hiking and backcountry camping, ski touring, visiting fiords, and climbing the park's challenging peaks. Closer to the community, the Piskutinu Tunngavik Territorial Park provides excellent campsites for adventure travelers interested in day trips in the area.
In addition to the natural attractions of the area, Pangnirtung is also well known for its woven tapestries, art prints, and unique clothing items. There is currently a developing fishing industry in Pangnirtung and the history of the bygone whaling era can be explored at Kekerten Territorial Park, which is a three-hour boat ride from the community.
Potential non-renewable resources in the region include: iron, gold, and diamonds.
Population figures based on Statistics Canada 2006 Census