Anyway...in June of 2008 I flew into Ottawa for a brief visit as I hadn't been there in 13 years....however it was an excuse to use a short haul Aeroplan airmiles flight from Ottawa to visit the remote capital of Iqaluit, Nunavut which is Canada's newest territory. (once the eastern part of the North West Territories) I could never have afforded to pay the airfare otherwise. Nunavut became a separate territory on April 1st, 1999. Frobisher Bay was renamed Iqaluit.
I stayed at the Beaches Bed and Breakfast on the shores of Frobisher Bay. It was a lovely place with delicious breakfasts. I could look out to the bay which was still frozen over in most places. The local kids' favourite pastime was jumping from one piece of ice to the other. I preferred not to watch that.
I did the 10km walk around town which I was newly in charge of having just accepted the job of Director of Prairies/North of the Canadian Volkssport Federation.
Anyway here are some of the highlights of my short stay:
|Iqaluit taken from a jetty out on the bay. My B and B was the navy blue house on the water front.|
|I loved the sculptures everywhere!|
These sculptures were scattered around the main area of the town.
|Gas station - lots of ATV's everywhere!!!|
|Don't you love the signs for the toilet?|
|Love her coat|
Yep, it doesn't go anywhere...ships filled with supplies sail in during the short summer sesason and the only other option is flying in.
|Typical neighbourhood in central Iqaluit. Well actually this is the main drag!|
|This proud papa was happy to pose for me.|
|Cemetery in Iqaluit - I can't imagine the burials are too deep with the permafrost.|
|You knew there had to be a dog somewhere!!!|
|Typical home...they are all on "stilts" due to the permafrost.|
|This is the Territorial Legislative building|
|Kids playing - I must say I was disappointed with all the garbage everywhere.|
|It was a bit overwhelming to be in a place of such stark beauty and so wild.|
Arctic char and caribou medallions with wine and followed by dessert. The most expensive meal I have ever eaten but worth every penny!
I love you Canadian North - you get a complimentary hot meal with alcohol - love the Frobisher (booze added) coffee! I hope our paths cross again (but only if I can use airmiles!!!)
|The Iqaluit airport - known locally as The Yellow Submarine!|