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These are some of the communities I have lived in.  I added the weather buttons for temperatures and sun rise/set; just click the button.

Iqaluit, 1988
Iqaluit, NU - 1988

This is Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut.  It is kind of hard to see in this pic, but there are actually two communities; the larger one on the left is Iqaluit, and the smaller one on the right is Apex.  Apex was the original location of the settlement, but it was not a good spot for expansion.  Today, there is no separation between Apex and Iqaluit.  Houses have filled the gap between them.  Iqaluit means "place of fish" in Inuktitut.

Iqaluit, 1995
Iqaluit, NU - 1995

This shot was taken on the road between Apex and Iqaluit.  Here, you can see a good portion of the town with Frobisher Bay in the background.  Named after the English explorer, Martin Frobisher, Iqaluit became the capital of the Territory on April 1, 1999.  Martin Frobisher is noted for making the first recorded contact between Inuit and Europeans.  He also is known for carting some two tonnes of pyrite back to England, thinking (foolishly) that it was gold.


Pangnirtung is the first community I visited when I was 15.  This shot is looking up the fiord from Cumberland Sound.  The buildings in the foreground are old Hudson's Bay storage buildings.  The Hudson's Bay Company was established in 1670 and is the world's oldest continuously running retail store.  Pangnirtuuq is the correct English spelling of the actual Inuktitut word, and it means "where there are bull caribou".


Clyde River  is a beautiful little hamlet (Kangiqtugaapik means "nice little inlet") on Baffin Island.  It was the dental therapist from here that convinced me to go to dental school.  This  is also where I got my first concussion trying to jump a gully on a quad.  I went over the handlebars, my head smashed out the headlight, but I didn't fall off.  I just came right back to the seat when the ass end of the machine landed.  Oh, and I bruised a knee.  This is also a good shot of an Inukshuk.  (Inuk=man, shuk=toy or looks like).  The plural of Inukshuk is Inuksuit.  Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Pond Inlet
Pond Inlet, NU - 1989

Pond Inlet is located on the northern end of Baffin Island.  It is beautiful.  The mountains are stunning and the water is so pure, it has no taste.  I also encountered some of the largest mosquitoes I have ever seen there; you know, the aenemia producing, fly-up-my-nose kind of pests.  The place is named after Mittimak, an Inuk who ran a trading post near present day Mittimatalik ("place where Mittima rests) in the 1930s.

Arctic Bay, NU - 1990

Arctic Bay is where I first discovered the joys of frost-bite.  I think I actually froze my face in Iqaluit before getting on the plane, but it was definitely in Arctic Bay where I felt the effects.  Old ladies were coming out of the woodwork to visit me at the hotel and give me a hundred different remedies.  I only tried one (a little seal fat on the face and voila, I reeked!) and it didn't hurt.  I can't say for sure that it helped, but what could I do?  The Inuit call this place Ikpiarjuk, which means "Like a pocket" because the whole place seems to be surrounded by hills.

Grise Fiord
Grise Fiord, NU - 1995

Grise Fiord is Canada's most northern community.  It was established in 1953 when the Canadian government got panicky about Arctic sovereignty.  Eleven families were moved form northern Quebec to Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay and it wasn't until 1990 that the government offered to move anyone back.  The government still refuses to admit the move was for sovereignty issues and officially states that it was for the good of the families.  Hmmm, considering the Inuit named this place Aujuittuq, "place that never thaws",  I would have to guess that it wasn't a pleasurable experience.

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