Inuvik trip – Part I

I can’t believe that I’ve been back from Inuvik for about 10 days now. Time seems to fly-by these days. I had promised to post about my trip, which was fantastic, by the way.
I had a really good time; the town is very interesting and the people I met, lovely. Here are a few photos from my trip:
IMG_1176This is the Canadian North sign at the Edmonton Airport.  I loved the logo.  The same logo was painted the plane’s tail.

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We are now getting closer to Yellowknife.  The sun was shining, so I had a great view of the area.  Don’t you love all those skidoo tracks?  Having that as your backyard must be very exciting.  Lots of outdoor activities!

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The flight to Yellowknife was uneventful, which is always good.  We had a short wait, so I got off the plane and went into the terminal to stretch my legs and see what it looked like.  This is what I found:

yellowknife airportThat is such a beautiful piece of artwork.  I saw some carvings in Inuvik with that same theme.  Can you see the seal diving into its hole on the ice?

Getting closer to Inuvik now.  This is the Welcome sign.    The sign shows a polar bear, sled dogs, indigenous people and a grizzly catching a salmon – and Welcome to Inuvik NWT (Northwest Territories) in English, in Gwichi’in, and in Inuit.  Inuvik is at the end of the Dempster Highway, which is 417 miles long.

welcomeLots of snow!  and of course, not too many people had gone before.  I had snow up to my knees, which meant snow in my boots!  But what a lovely sight!!

IMG_1210That first afternoon, the sun came out, so I decided to go for a walk.  The “downtown” area is only a few blocks long, and I was at one end of it, right across from the RCMP offices, and their new building under construction.  The wind was blowing, so it got cold really soon walking against it, but it was a gorgeous day and I wanted to see the sights.

IMG_1208From my hotel window:  the igloo building is the Roman Catholic Church.  It’s a really nice building on the outside and at dawn it looks pink when the sun is coming out.

igloo churchThis is the building in the early hours of the morning.  The photo below belongs to the community Greenhouse right beside Aurora College where the classes were taking place.  People pay an annual fee to get a piece of land to do their planting in the summer months.  Everyone volunteers and tends to their own piece of land.  They get 3 crops/summer, as the days are so long.  Isn’t that interesting?

comm greenhouseAnd here are three photos of the wall hangings at the hotel.  They were made of what looked like felt and wool mostly.  They were hanging well above the reception area, and unfortunately, I didn’t catch the name of the artist who made them.  But I will find out.

wallhanging 3 wallhanging one wallhanging 2They were stunning!  That’s it for this installment.  I will publish more photos and share more from my trip later on.

I hope you are having a good time where you are.  Send me a comment and let me know what you are up to.  In the meantime, keep quilting.

Ana

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