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Taloyoak:  Attractions

Taloyoak's attractions are primarily its landscape, history, and fish and wildlife resources.

The landscape is good for hiking and trails exist that will take you by foot or ATV to popular fishing and camping spots at Middle Lake, Redfish Lake, Netsilik Lake, and Pangnikto Lake.  Many families have summer cabins at these locations.   You can fish for trout and whitefish at all these lakes.  Netsilik and Pangnikto also contain some arctic char.  While traveling along the trails, you have good opportunities to view wildlife such as gyrfalcons, ducks, geese, caribou, lemmings, siksiks, and foxes.  Mosquito netting and a good supply of insect repellant is a MUST when hiking in summer.

If it's history that you're looking for, there are three plaques located in the community.  One plaque commemorates the Ross expeditions of the 1830's which resulted in the pinpointing of the North Magnetic Pole.  This plaque is situated behind the Hamlet building next to the blue Co-Op warehouse.  A second plaque commemorates the first Hudson Bay Company manager in Taloyoak, John Stanners.  His plaque is located in front of the Northern Stores staff house, close to the store.   And a third plaque honors the memory of David Kootook, who died in 1973 in a plane crash after saving pilot Martin Hartwell's life.  This plaque is located at the airport, just across from the terminal building.

Other pieces of history found in the community are the old Hudson's Bay Company buildings - still in use - painted in their traditional colors.  These buildings are located next to Northern Stores.  Located on the inner harbor is the Catholic stone church, built in the mid-1950s.  The building is not used anymore and has never been restored.  Other examples of stone churches can be found in Pelly Bay and Igloolik.  Outside of the community, Thom Bay and Fort Ross both offer opportunities for sightseeing.  Thom Bay was the site of a Catholic mission in the 1940s and 1950s.  Fort Ross, at the tip of the Boothia Peninsula, was the site of a Hudson's Bay Company post in the 1930s and 1940s.  The post was closed in the late 1940s and relocated to Spence Bay due to the difficulty in resupplying the Fort Ross location.