Monthly Archives: April 2015

Hello from Hall Beach, Nunavut…

After the weather clearing up enough for a plane to land in Igloolik yesterday…I was able to make the 20min flight to Hall Beach.  Before yesterday I had only ever been in the airport–it was so nice to be able to leave the airport and explore the community! So without further ado, here’s some photos from my walk.
Hall Beach (12 of 14)

 

Just before you enter the hamlet of Hall Beach coming from the airport…you see this GIANT anchor.  I asked some people in town what the story was and was told that a ship during the war was anchored here…but when people woke up it was missing, only thing left was the anchor. Honestly, not sure how much fact or fiction is in that story…if you know more, please leave a comment and let me know! nunavut_mapHall Beach (ᓴᓂᕋᔭᒃ) but is called ‘Sanirajak’ in Inuktitut which means ‘The shoreline place’. It is located at (Latitude 68° 46’ N and Longitude 81° 13’ W).

This is the oldest known permanently inhabited community existing north of the Arctic Circle. Hall Beach is a very traditional Inuit hamlet located on the eastern side of Melville Peninsula, which is part of the Canadian mainland. It faces south toward the fertile waters of Foxe Basin. For thousands of years, the local people have enjoyed and benefited from the yearly arrival of large herds of sunbathing, squabbling ivory-tusked walruses of enormous girth and tooth. This ancient place boasts some of the best northern wildlife viewing sites on the planet and it has an exceptional human history. The local hunters say that you will see creatures here that you just won’t see in many other parts of the circumpolar world. A happy sense of community here warmly welcomes you and draws you deeply into the local Inuit culture. {Source}

 

Hall Beach (1 of 14)Here are some photos from my walk this evening around town. Below is the Co-op Hotel, the only option for accommodation…last night it was fully booked. (however, I didn’t have a roommate so that meant more could have been accommodated!)
Hall Beach (3 of 14)Today was a glorious sunny day! The days are definitely getting longer here above the Arctic Circle—sunrise is about 5:25am and sunset is around 9:27pm.

 

 

Hall Beach (5 of 14)One of the things about Hall Beach that is so weird (after living in Pangnirtung for so long) ishow FLAT it is!!!

Hall Beach (8 of 14)…while I was at the school I saw the new ‘anti-littering’ campaign from the GN (Government ofNunavut) it’s below to the right!  Such a great poster…made me smile when I saw it.

Hall Beach (9 of 14)While out for a walk I spotted this old bombardier…a bit rusty, but still running!

 

Hall Beach (10 of 14)Snapped a shot of this shed…and kammotiqs in this person’s yard.

Hall Beach (13 of 14)

I came across a group of dads sliding down this little hill to the beach while on my walk. It was really cute watching them go up and down…the hill was a heap smaller than the ones around Pang! Hall Beach (14 of 14)

In the late 1950s Hall Beach was created as a settlement to support the Distance Early Warning Line System or a DEW Line Site. These sites were strung across the Arctic to be on ‘alert’ and warn southern Canadians if there was an attack was coming.

Now Hall Beach is home to a North Warning System which is ” a joint United States and Canadian early-warning radar system for the atmospheric air defence of North America. It provides surveillance of airspace from potential incursions or attacks from across North America’s polar region. It replaced the Distant Early Warning Line system in the late 1980s.” {Source}  It’s located near the airport…which are the buildings located in the photo below in the middle (the ones to the left is the Fuel Tank farm for the community!) Hall Beach (11 of 14)It’s been a great visit here in Hall Beach.  Everyone I talked to were so friendly and welcoming.  I’m glad I finally got to visit and be able to leave the airport!

 

Wordless Wednesday LIX: Snow sailing in Igloolik

This week I’m travelling for work and spent the first 1/2 of the week in Igloolik.  Later today I head to Hall Beach before heading home to Pangnirtung on Friday.

This is my 4th trip to Igloolik.  It’s always fun to visit a community you have been to, because everything is familiar and you know the lay of the land!

After one of my visits in the community yesterday I saw some of the high school students out learning to Snow sail.

Snowsailing Igloolik (1 of 5)

I had to stop for a few minutes to watch.  Looked like a fun way to keep warm in the cold temps of spring! Snowsailing Igloolik (2 of 5)

 

Rainbow Walks…

Today I got a phone call around 1pm from a friend to tell me about the double rainbow around the sun.  This time of the year we often experience “Sundogs”…which I think is caused by created by light interacting with ice crystals in the atmosphere.  The last sundog I photographed was two years ago… in February, also here in Pangnirtung. 

Rainbow Walk (5 of 7)

Quick as a wink, I asked my friend if she’d like to go for a walk…and I bundled up and headed to her house.  We headed out of town–enjoying the SUNSHINE!

Rainbow Walk (3 of 7)

But also stopping to take a few photos of the Sundog.

Rainbow Walk (1 of 7)

(At times there was actually 2 rings–a double rainbow if you will, but only managed to capture part of the 2nd rainbow with my camera.)

Rainbow Walk (2 of 7)

The ravens were out to play!  It’s so much fun watching them play in the wind currents as they fly up and down…Rainbow Walk (6 of 7)

…one Shadow Selfie and a wave!
Rainbow Walk (7 of 7)

Even though the wind was cold–and it was -19C, it was awesome to be out in the sunshine…Spring has arrived in the Arctic!

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