Agvituk - Hopedale

The Community:

Agvituk, the Inuktituk name for Hopedale means "place of the whales". The date of which Hopedale adopted its name is not certain, but some believe it was shortly after the German missionaries arrived in 1782.

The modern community of Hopedale is situated 230 km north of Happy Valley - Goose Bay. It is the second largest and third most northerly community on Labrador's north coast. Hopedale is situated on a peninsula and surrounding hills that dominate the landscape. The land is comprised of low lying woodland mixed with tundra cover of lichen and Caribou moss.

The landscape is dominated by surrounding marine environment that is interspersed with smaller islands inhabited by numerous migratory birds. There are many lichen and moss covered rocky areas coloured by berries, small plants, and bushes.

Life in the community of Inuit, Settler, and mixed Inuit/Settler descent revolves around seasonal activities of hunting and fishing. Residents (about 650) pursue subsistence and recreational activities such as hunting, trapping, boating, ski-dooing, and camping in outlying bays. The annual Fall and Spring seal migrations are just a couple of the many hunting delights available to the residents and any visiting tourists to the community. The seasonal caribou migration, goose, duck and rabbit hunting, the day to day fishing outings for arctic char, cod, and trout, and the gathering of local berries during season and firewood for the long winters are all common day to day practices for Hopedale's residents.

Economic activities centers around government organizations and private businesses.