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Facts About Arviat
Arviat is derived from the Inuktitut word arviq meaning “Bowhead whale”.
Earlier in history, its name was Tikirajualaaq, “a little long point”, and Ittaliurvik, “a place where the people make tents”.
Arviat is the southernmost community on the Nunavut mainland and is close to the geographical centre of Canada.
The Hudson Bay Quest sled-dog race was run from Churchill to Arviat for the first time in 2004.
Arviat was incorporated as a hamlet in 1977.
Arviat is only 10 m (30 ft) above sea level.
As early as 1738, its former name appeared on various maps and charts.
The Estimated Population of Arviat is 2,657.
Inuktitut and English are primarily Languages spoken, having the third-largest population in Nunavut.
Arviat has a yearly rainfall of 174.4 mm, the fourth-wettest in Nunavut, but only 112.4 c of snow, the third-least.