Ameri-Cana’s Polar Bear hunts are conducted out of the village of Grise Fiord. This area has proven to be one of the most successful areas in the Arctic for big bears.
Grise Fiord was established in 1953 and is the largest community on Ellesmere Island. It is the northernmost civilian settlement in Canada. It lies 1,160 km (720 mi) north of the Arctic Circle. It is home to 150 residents.
In Grise Fiord there are two seasons: the "light" season from May to August, when the sun never sets, and the "dark" season from October to mid-February, when the sun never rises. For 10 months of the year, the sea around Grise Fiord is frozen; break-up usually isn't complete until mid-August. Until then, they use the sea ice as a highway for travel by snowmobile or dog team. There are no connecting roads on Ellesmere Island, so Grise Fiord is connected to the rest of the world by an airstrip.
Hunting is still an important part of the lifestyle of the mostly Inuit population. Quota systems allow the villagers to supply many of their needs from populations of seals, walruses, narwhal and beluga whales, polar bears and musk oxen. Ecotourism is developing as people come to see the spectacular northern wildlife found on Ellesmere and surrounding islands.