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Canada's most northerly community, Grise Fiord lies on the southern shore of Ellesmere Island in the Far North. Its Inuit name, Aujuittuq, means 'place that never thaws'. Grise Fiord owes its English name to the Norwegian explorer Otto Sverdrup, who charted the south and east coasts of Ellesmere Island from 1899 to 1903. Among the many names he gave to fiords in the area, he called this particular one Grise Fiord, which means "pig fiord" in Norwegian. It seems that the sounds made by the many walrus here reminded him of the grunting of pigs! The population of Grise Fiord is 161.

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Last Updated: July 4, 2004
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