A hamlet or a settlement with a small population on Victoria Island, Cambridge Bay is a rural area in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada. Unlike most, if not all, of Canada which relies on English and French, to be understood in Cambridge Bay requires knowledge of the traditional language of the area, also known as Inuinnaqtun. The traditional language of Inuinnaqtun is written with the Latin alphabet, instead of the syllabic type of writing system also used in Nunavut and Nunavik, called Inuktitut. Among the syllabics used mainly by the Nunavut Government also includes Kugluktuk, Bathurst Inlet, and Umingmaktok. Currently, Cambridge Bay works as the largest stop for most, if not all, passenger and research vessels that travel through the northwestern passage of the Arctic Ocean, a disputed area in which the Canadian Government claims as Canadian Internal Waters, with other nations claiming as either territorial or international waters.
Serving Cambridge Bay is Cambridge Bay Airport which operates flights to and from Gjoa Haven, Kugaaruk, Kugluktuk, Taloyoak, and Yellowknife via airlines such as Canadian North and First Air. Cambridge Bay Airport only serves domestic destinations; it features a gravel runway that spans approximately 1,500 metres or 5,000 feet. On top of the scheduled flights, the airport also operates charter flights through airlines that include Adlair Aviation, Air Tindi, Canadian North, Kitikmeot Air,
along with helicopter services through Helicopter Transport Services and Kitikmeot Helicopters. When flying internationally, the recommended flights are via Yellowknife Airport which operates flights to and from numerous airports that include Calgary International Airport. The airport that serves Calgary in Alberta, Canada – Calgary International Airport – has international flights to and from varying destinations outside of the immediate surroundings of Canada. Among the destinations include Frankfurt, Germany; London, United Kingdom; Tokyo, Japan; and Amsterdam, The Netherlands; via airlines that include but are not limited to Air Canada, Air Transat, and British Airways, among others.