Baker Lake is located inland, at the mouth of the Thelon River, nearby to the geographic center of Canada. The lake is famous for its arts and crafts community. It is 320 km inland from the west coast of the Hudson Bay in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut. Several distinguished studios and artists promote crafts and arts i.e. Inuit Heritage Centre, Jessie Oonark Center, and art galleries. Baker Lake has rich natural resources making a significant impact on the economic development of the local area. Just like the development of the Meadowbank gold deposit, has already created several local jobs.
Hence, many more opportunities are increasing in the town at the mine site approximately 70 KM from Baker Lake. The area community council vigorously looking for training programs for their residents for the assortment of jobs and businesses. The Baker Lake area has seen main exploration projects in recent years, particularly with gold, uranium, and other minerals. A number of major rivers, including Thelon, the Kazan, and the Dubawnt, flow into Baker Lake. One can explore the lake shores which tell a tale of early settlement and growth of a community mixing tradition with high technology.
The Baker Lakefront is well lined up with several little sheds used by inhabitants to store fishing gear or winter equipment. On the hills above the houses, you will see a large snow fence installed to control drifting in the community itself. There’s the arena and community center, swimming pool, RCMP facilities, post office, schools, colleges, and Health Centre. There’s a road wind north via rolling country towards White Hills Lake. It’s a lovely place to hike, and you may spot nesting loons, a peregrine falcon, or caribou. The area at the mouth of the Thelon River has always been an old-style gathering place for Inuit, for summer hunting and fishing.
The numerous groups traveled up the river systems in the area to their winter hunting grounds. The Kazan River, in specific, was also very important as a travel route and for hunting caribou. Several local outfitters proposed trips to see the sights of barren lands. The Baker Lake Hunters and Trappers Organization is licensed to outfit sport hunts to visitors attracted to hunting barren-ground caribou and muskoxen.
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