I recently had the pleasure of travelling to the Canadian far north; visiting the beautiful town of Iqaluit, Nunavut. My brother and his wife and kids moved there a couple of years ago and it has taken me a while to finally book my first visit.
My first impressions were very positive as I flew in on a very clear afternoon. The land below me was full of contrasting muted colours, the sun bouncing off of sea ice and creating beautiful shadows that showed the fluctuating texture and elevation of the landscape. As we went through a section of cloud during landing, breaking through them showed this gorgeous view of the wild outskirts of Iqaluit and the tundra that seemed to go on forever. Soon the shadow of the airplane itself could be seen below us, and before I knew it I was in a modern airport terminal adorned with incredible Inuit art and carvings.
I am so pleased that I visited at this time of year, as I had only seen Kuujjuaq in the winter and fall. It was lovely seeing the summer wildflowers, as well as experiencing my sister-in-law setting the net for catching local char in Frobisher bay. Once winter sets in in the north, it is long and dark for a very long time. The locals take advantage of their long summer days spending as much time outdoors soaking up their Vitamin D as they can, from backyard fires to camping, fishing and hiking, or just simply spending time in town at various parks or festivals. I was lucky enough to be there for the Alianait music festival that was leading up to Canada day celebrations. Summer nights mean the sun never sets , which brings its own unique experience of a perpetual pinky/golden hour until the wee hours of the morning.
I will let the images speak for themselves; but if you have ever wondered about visiting Canada's north it comes highly recommended. :D
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