If you've mastered 'Tuktoyaktuk,' give your chops a workout with these tricky Northern place names
This central Yukon river is a Han word meaning “hammerstone water.” It’s actually not so difficult to say (think: THRON-dyuk), but once the gold rush started it didn’t take long before goldseekers were mispronouncing it as “Klondike.”
Avingasittuit Siqinirsipangat Island (Nunavut)
Located at the confluence of Quebec, Nunavut and Labrador, what this uninhabited island lacks in vegetation it makes up for in syllables. With 12 of them, it’s up there with “antidisestablishmentarianism.”
Ni’iinlii Njik Territorial Park (Yukon)
Ni’iinlii Njik visitors had so much trouble pronouncing the name that the park’s website includes an audio recording of it. If your nasal cavity isn’t up to it, you can just use its boring English name, Fishing Branch.
This is the traditional name for Hay River. It looks exotic, but it’s just the South Slavey word for “hay river.” Pronunciation: HAT-hlow-DEH-chee.