Attached to a local co-op store (with native crafts and a limited grocery selection), this eight-room lodge with 24 beds is one of few accommodations available. Meals are included in the rates.
+1 867 980-9913
Grise Fiord Inuit Co-operative
About Ellesmere Island
Ellesmere Island is the northernmost populated place on Canadian land, 4654km north of Middle Island and Point Pelee. Established primarily as a means to establish Canadian sovereignty in the high Arctic, it consists of three small communities:
Grise Fiord, at the southern tip of the island, is a small native village established in the Cold War era of the 1950s. There is a school, a church and a store.
- Eureka, at 80° north near the middle of the island, is a research and meteorological outpost. There is a token military presence to operate satellite links at "Fort Eureka"; CFB Alert cannot be reached directly by geosynchronous satellite, so the signal beyond Eureka must be carried overland.
- CFB Alert, at 82° north, is a Cold War radio listening post operated by a skeleton crew. The northernmost point, it is geographically closer to Moscow than to Ottawa-Hull.
This is the land of the midnight sun; months of sunlight in summer, months of darkness in winter.