Monthly Archives: November 2011

Beautiful sunrise at 1pm on the Dempster Highway

This time of year there is a beautiful pink hue to the sky during long sunrises. Some friends and I took a car to Tsiigehtchic on the weekend for some sightseeing.

The sun was still very orange around 1:30pm…and it was dark by 4:30.


Saturday morning: Stray dogs roam on the street

“Enjoy the freedom before they notice we’re gone…..”


Inuvik craft fair: Art and economic activity

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This weekend, crafters in Inuvik sold their wares. Seal-skin boots and mittens, beaver-fur hats, quilts, muskrat hats, carvings, prints, gloves and plenty of food were available.

The craft fair is always a big draw, and crafters fly in from surrounding communities.

Watch out, the Dempster Highway can be slippery

Spotted on the way to Tsiigehtchic: Looks like a motorist lost control for unknown reasons and skidded off the raised Dempster Highway. (The highway is on a raised platform made of gravel, so the traffic will not disturb the permafrost underneath.)

Inuvik in the snow: Town seen from above

Here’s a quiet view of Inuvik in the November snow. We’re now hitting tmeperatures of minus 30 celcius.

Groceries in Inuvik: An average bill

People often ask me about the price of groceries and food in Inuvik.

Therefore: I present my grocery bill from last Saturday!

I’ve highlighted fresh foods in green, and two items I found expensive in red.

Variety pack of Oatmeal: (big box): $8.10
Box of cereal (double size) cranberry almond crunch: $10.64 on sale.
Bag of medium-size oranges (4lbs) $4.99
Bag of potatoes (small ones) 2lbs $4.99
Dry crackers, Ryvita brand. (small box) $3.75
Mixed frozen vegetables, 1 large bag. $6.06
Sobe juice drink, 591ml, $2.99
Grapefruit $1.31
Fish burgers (mahi-mahi) 1.36kg $26.73
Cucumber (one, English cucumber, good size) $4.99
Fresh vegetables for salad (mix bag of broccoli and cauliflower) $7.69
Six bagels $4.60
Three peppers (red, yellow, orange) $5.99
Loaf of 12-grain bread, $6.55
2 litre carton of milk, $7.95
Iceberg lettuce (one head) $2.49
Frozen juice can (concentrated pink lemonade) $2.16
Jar of dill pickles, 1.5 litres $8.91
Plum sauce, 500ml, $5.05
White chocolate chips for baking, 225 grams, $5.57 
Raisin pie, pre-made in box, $5.31
Frozen orange juice concentrate, one can: $4.37
Vegetarian egg rolls, pack of many (1.3 kilograms) $14.59
One can of coconut juice, 520ml, $2.55

Grouse in a tree: Very round birds

These very plump birds were spotted on the Boot Lake Trails. Five of them were perched on a tree, their large size making it seem as though the thin branches would break.

These birds are about as big as a football. They flew away when I got too close.

I believe they are a species of grouse.