Lily and her husband are southern bloggers living in Baker Lake, Nunavut. We haven’t officially “met” in person, but I’m hoping our paths will cross at some point in person during travel in Nunavut. Baker Lake is one of the communities in Nunavut that I haven’t been too…I’m hoping at some point to change that! But until then I read all about your adventures of crazy blizzards and wild weather with envy! Lily has a very regular blogging schedule of Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for posting…which is something that’s reliable and awesome! Thanks for stopping by here to share a little bit of what it’s like to live in Baker Lake. Make sure you go check out Nunavut Chillers for more stories of Lily’s Adventures.
Baker Lake or Qamani’tuaq, means “where the river widens” as it sits on the widest part at the mouth of the Thelon River. It is the only inland community in the Canadian Arctic and is considered the geographical centre of Canada. There are about 1,800 people in our hamlet and we are only accessible by air as there are no roads that lead to Baker.
My husband and I are originally from Ontario, and moved to Baker in the fall of 2012 after a spontaneous job application at the beginning of the year resulted in the biggest move we have ever made. In the year and a half that we have been here, we have been welcomed by some of the nicest people we have ever met, and have made some wonderful memories that we will always be able to cherish.
Baker is known for its blizzards – our high school teams are the Baker Lake Blizzards, with mascot Blizzy – so we are often watching the weather forecasts to see what is blowing into town. Just this past month the town was basically closed off every other day because we had fresh snow that fell and was being whipped around at 90 km/h.
We may not get the Northern Lights quite as strongly as Pang does, but I think we do pretty ok here too.
Baker Lake also has the most amazing sunrises and sunsets; it is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. We appreciate it even more after the long winter months where we are dark for most of the 24 hours, minus 3 or so dusky hours in the middle of the afternoon on our shortest days. It evens out when we have 24 hours of sunlight in the summer though!
We have been so fortunate to have the opportunity to live here, and experience all sorts of new adventures. From learning to drive snowmobiles in the middle of the tundra to ice fishing through 13 feet of solid ice; they are but a few memories we have made in the short period of time we have been here.
Hands down, the best part about Baker Lake has been the gift of our Pepper. He is a dog we adopted from a local family that were not able to keep him, and we quickly scooped him up. I am not a dog person in the least, but I am a Pepper-person and he has become an integral part of our family since he trotted into our lives.
Yes, it’s cold living in the arctic, and yes the groceries are expensive, and of course we miss our family and friends. That being said – in the past 18 months we have made a number of close friends that will be life-long friends, grown our family to include our adorable Pepper, and created some memories that will last our whole lives. I’d say that’s a fair trade!
If you would like to read more about our lives in Baker Lake, please feel free to click on our blog – we try to update Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
– Lily from Nunavut Chillers