Anjikuni Lake

Anjikuni Lake can be found deep in the Kivallig Region of rural Nunavut in Canada. Nestled along the Kazan River, it is a fine spot for trout and pike fishing, both of which are plentiful in the waters of the area.

According to the legend, on a full moon winter night in November 1930 a Canadian fur trapper Joe Labelle went to the Anjikuni village. To his horror he did not see a single person or animal in the village. Labelle had been to the village many times for shelter during his travels. He had seen around 2000 to 2500 people living there. He had always received a warm welcome from the villagers.

Now he could see no one around. He then checked each and every hut and found food supplies and provisions. He also found the clothes of the villagers in their houses. Even their rifles were stashed along the sides of the door. He even saw pots filled with food hanging on long cold fires. The kayaks were also in place outside the houses. There were no footprints on the snow that would have given a clue to where the Inuits had gone.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has since dismissed the case as an urban legend, claiming that the story originated in a Frank Edwards’ book. It is also believed that such a large village would never have been possible in such a remote area. The RCMP states that it has no record of any unusual activity in the area.

 


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