Our Connections to the Outside World

The only way in or out of Kugaaruk is by air, or by snowmobile.  First Air takes us to Yellowknife from where we can drive or connect to flights going anyplace in the world.  

Everything comes into our town by air or by ship.  The ships can only get into our harbour during August and September when the Arctic ice has melted.  Coast Guard ships such as the Terry Fox and the Henry Larsen spend a whole week anchored offshore of Pelly Bay unloading food, fuel, school supplies, furniture, and the building materials needed to construct new homes and buildings.

The highlight

of our year

is the arrival

of the ship

in September.

When the

Arctic ice is

too thick for ships,

the Henry Larsen

comes to save

the day.