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Colourful Houses In Iqaluit

25 Fun and Interesting Facts about Iqaluit

Iqaluit isn't exactly on the radar screen of many people. That's largely a function of its geography (remote) and size (small). Iqaluit is an interesting place to visit, even for a short period of time. I was lucky enough to have a couple of long layovers in Iqaluit which gave me a small taste of the place. If I get a chance to visit again, I'd take advantage of the terrific hiking and kayaking that…

A Gorgeous View From Our Campsite In Pangnirtung

10 Photos to Inspire a Visit to Pangnirtung, Nunavut

These 10 photos of Pangnirtung come from a hiking trip to Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island in Nunavut. John and I spend two weeks backpacking across the Arctic Circle in the park, starting and ending the trip with a night in Pangnirtung. It's a remote community accessible via air from Iqaluit. Pangnirtung was far more beautiful than expected but I cannot imagine surviving the climate. On the day we arrived - June 30th -…

There's A Trail Through The Moraine Heading To Mount Asgard

Baffin Island Backpacking in Auyuittuq National Park

Our second week of Baffin Island backpacking in Auyuittuq National Park involved retracing our steps from Summit Lake back to the fjord, an hour away by boat from Pangnirtung. Although we could have done the return trip in about four days, we took a week - with a rest day in the Rock Garden and a slower pace compared to our hike in. In hindsight I would have chosen to do a Baffin Island backpacking…

Great View Of Mt. Thor From A Distance

Across the Arctic Circle on Foot on Baffin Island

Last week's introduction to Baffin Island wasn't a warm one - as far as the temperature was concerned. And it didn't really get much better for several days. Fortunately though the scenery did.  Our plan was to hike along the Weasel River to the high point at Akshayuk Pass by Summit Lake, crossing the Arctic Circle on Baffin Island in the process. Although distances were short, the hiking was slow because of the 50 -…

View Of The Harbour From The Parks Canada Office

A Backpacking Trip in Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut

A blast of cold air hits me as I saunter off the plane in Pangnirtung - a remote, mostly Inuit community on Baffin Island in Nunavut. Instantly I am wondering just what the hell I've got myself into. It's June 30th and I know it's the Arctic but somehow I didn't expect cold like this. I have already endured a flight to Ottawa, another to Iqaluit and then finally one to Pangnirtung - the starting…

Visiting Iqaluit, Nunavut on an Airport Layover

It's a rare day when I'm happy with a plane delay. But on the way up to Pangnirtung - the starting point for a two week backpacking trip in Auyuittuq National Park John and I  were delayed in Iqaluit - the capital of Nunavut - initially for four hours, though ultimately for seven hours. Before the flight up we didn't think we'd have any chance to see Iqaluit since flights in and out were supposed…

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