Gjoa Haven, located on the southeastern coast of King William Island, was an important site in the search for the Northwest Passage, and is named after explorer Roald Amundsen’s ship. The community attracts many history buffs and is home to the Northwest Passage Park and Territorial Trail. In Inuktitut, the community is known as Uqsuqtuuq, or “place of plenty blubber,” which refers to the abundance of sea mammals in the area.
Gjoa Haven is known as an excellent place for dog sledding, as well as observing a variety of wildlife including caribou, muskox, polar bear, geese, swans, falcons, and ducks.
Potential non-renewable resources in the region include: gold and diamonds.
Population figures based on Statistics Canada 2006 Census