Member Co-ops Grise Fiord
Grise Fiord Inuit Co-operative Limited
Grise Fiord, NU X0A 0J0
Ph: (867) 980-9913
Fax: (867) 980-9954
Grise Fiord Co-op was incorporated in 1960 and is the only business providing services to the community. The Co-op businesses include a retail store, Inns North hotel, cable television services, municipal contracts, and property rentals.. Grise Fiord has the distinction of being “at the top of the world” and is our northernmost Co-op.
Alternate Name: Aujuittuq Local
Meaning: Place That Never Thaws Out.
About the Community
Grise Fiord has a population of 130, and is Canada’s most northern Inuit community. Located on the south coast of Ellesmere Island in Nunavut Territory, visitors will truly experience a 24-hour day from April to August, and 24 hours of darkness from mid-November until the beginning of February. Though the community’s name means, “pig fiord” in Norwegian, some visitors to Grise Fiord rate its spectacular mountain scenery as one of the most beautiful places in the world. Most Inuit residing in Grise Fiord are of the Thule culture.
Activities from Grise Fiord include snowmobile trips to witness nearby icebergs, boating trips, marine wildlife, hiking, walking, photography, Beluga whale and polar bear watching. As well, Thule and European expedition sites can be viewed nearby. Visitors can hike Grise Fiord’s glaciers and ice caps, travel by dogsled or snow machine with an Inuit guide, and even spend a night in an igloo. The Hunters and Trappers Association has a carving and art demonstration that it holds for visitors to the community. Throughout the year, visitors can purchase arts and crafts from the Grise Fiord Inuit Co-op.