Coral Harbour is the gateway to the incredible wildlife resources of Southampton Island.

coral harbour map

Coral Harbour, known as Salliq ("large, flat island in front of the mainland") by the Inuit, was named for the fossilized coral found at nearby Fossil Creek.

From the earliest Inuit hunters of the Sallirmiut, to the Scottish whalers, to the Hudson's Bay fur traders, to the military air base, it has long served as a strategic point on the northern rim of Hudson Bay.

Coral Harbour is one of the best places in Nunavut to see marine wildlife. The nearby Coats Island is a resting place for walruses. The East Bay Migratory Bird Sanctuary and the Harry Gibbons Bird Sanctuary are a must for bird watchers. Snow geese, tundra swans, sandhill cranes and other species migrate to the area in the spring.

Coral Harbour is home to many artisans who work their wonder in ivory, whalebone, duffle, print, soapstone and seal skin. Here, people are able to enjoy the traditional as well as modern livelihoods. Harvesting the land's resources, providing services, creating businesses and tourism are all pursuits of the Inuit here.

Getting there:

Calm Air and First Air operate flights from Rankin Inlet throughout the week. First Air also operates a flight from Iqaluit three days a week.