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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 the city 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 is…

Sunday Photos: Pangnirtung, Nunavut

Today's photos come from a trip in July of 2013. John and I spend two weeks backpacking across the Arctic Circle in Auyuittiq National Park. We started the trip in Pangnirtung, a remote community on Baffin Island in Nunavut, 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 - it was just above freezing - and with…

Baffin Island Backpacking in Auyuittuq National Park: Part II

Our second week of backpacking on Baffin Island 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 the Auyuittuq Traverse…

Baffin Island Backpacking: Across the Arctic Circle in Photos

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. What it's like to backpack in Auyuittuq National Park Our plan was to backpack along the Weasel River to the high point at Akshayuk Pass by Summit Lake. Although distances were short, the hiking was slow because of the 50-60 pound loads…

A Backpacking Trip in Auyuittuq NP on Baffin Island – Part I

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…

An Unexpected Visit to Iqaluit in Nunavut

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 we were delayed in Iqaluit - the capital of Nunavut - initially for four hours, though ultimately for seven hours. John and I didn't think we'd have any chance to see Iqaluit since flights in and out were supposed to have only a few…

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