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Pond Inlet Baffin Island Canada Cruise Port Guide


As cruise ships are not able to dock here you will be tendered ashore.

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Pond Inlet is located on scenic Eclipse Sound on northern Baffin Island. The beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife in the area have earned Pond Inlet that name, "jewel of the Baffin". This ancestral homeland of the North Baffin Inuit is rich in archaeology. Thule Inuit lived in the region for centuries and left many interesting sites. American and Scottish whalers frequently visited the area early in the 19th century. Today you can enjoy snowmobile tours, dog team tours, wildlife watching at the floe edge, sport fishing, hiking, walking, photography and sea kayaking in Pond Inlet.

Across the sound from Pond Inlet is the panoramic Bylot Island. Bylot Island has been a bird sanctuary for many years. It has recently become part of the Sirmilik National Park, one of three Canadian national parks created in 1999. The wetlands of Bylot Island are the nesting grounds for over 30 species of birds. The world's largest colony of greater snow geese is found at Bylot Island. Another interesting Bylot Island fact is that in 1987, the lower jaw of a duckbill dinosaur was found near the Bylot Island Bird Sanctuary.

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The area is rich in birds and other wildlife, including the tusked narwhal whale. The narwhal come to this region each summer to give birth to their calves and feed in the rich ocean waters of this area. With some luck, the ocean will also provide us with some fresh arctic char, considered by many to be the best-tasting fish in the world.

It's considered normal to tip 10-15% of a restaurant bill. Tips are also usually given to bell hops, concierges, room cleaners, cab drivers, hairdressers, hotel attendants and, by savvy drinkers, bar staff.


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You will find ATMs in many grocery stores, malls, airports and so on, and most are linked to the international networks, the most common being Cirrus, Plus, Star and Maestro. You can also grab cash from an ATM if you use a major credit card although this method tends to be more expensive because, in addition to a service fee, you'll be charged interest immediately.

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In Canada the main languages are English 59.3%, French 23.2% (both official); other 17.5%. Quebec and New Brunswick being the most "French" The rest of the country is English speaking.

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