Captivating, ancient and diverse, Nunavut's vast arctic tundra is home to an extraordinary people and variety of wildlife. Nunavut is a world where the darkness of winter is tempered only by silver threads of moonlight and the vibrant glow of the Northern Lights. Polar bears roam the ice floes stalking prey, and muskoxen thunder across the tundra, whales play and narwhals joust in ice-blue waters and Atlantic walruses can be seen basking on the rocky Arctic shoreline. The full wonder of the Arctic sky is best seen during the dark winter months, when the snow-covered land is lit only by a luminous moon and the star-studded sky glows with the dancing colours of the northern lights. Pronounced "ee-ka-loo-eet", the capital of Nunavut (formerly Frobisher Bay) is Inuktitut for 'place of many fish', it is located near the mouth of the Sylvia Grinnell River that empties into Frobisher Bay. IQALUIT is the transportation hub to other Baffin Island communities, as well as to Greenland. in the summer you may also spot snow buntings, ptarmigan, seagulls, the odd phalarope, and if you're particularly lucky, peregrine falcons. Winter expeditions to the outskirts of town often result in glimpses of large groups of caribou. RANKIN INLET is a gateway to Nunavut from much of western Canada and the transportation, business and commerce centre for the Kivalliq Region. It is a busy community located on the site of the old North Rankin Nickel Mine. Located smack-dab on the Arctic Circle, REPULSE BAY has long been inhabited by the Inuit and had an especially rich Thule heritage. Be sure to visit the Naujat Thule site along the shore about five kilometres northeast of town. Repulse, a very traditional community, is known for its superb artisans, who carve in stone, bone and tusk. Located on the south coast of Cornwallis Island, Resolute is the "jumping off place" for expeditions and trips to the North Pole and to Quttinirtaaq (Ellesmere Island) National Park.