Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Storm Hunter in Invuik: Mark Robinson

How’s this for a cool job: Mark Robinson hosts a show on the Weather Network and travels across Canada and the U.S. looking for extreme weather.

Mark and his teammate recently stopped in Inuvik to gather material for his series. The on-camera challenges included sleeping in a car at Eagle Plains to test how a candle can keep a person warm overnight.

Here’s his website. If only he had been in town for the recent blizzard with 100km-winds!


Northern lights over Inuvik: Beautiful light

Saturday night, a week ago: Inuvik’s northern lights were the brightest I have ever seen. The lights move in the sky and are bright green.

A good idea when you see northern lights is to walk away from the light of town. There’s no comparison to seeing the northern lights and the stars on a clear evening.

Times like these, you look around and think ”what a wonderful place to live.”

Another fire in Inuvik

Firefighters were called to this house on Saturday after it caught fire.

No one was injured, but the building suffered a lot of damage.

The dry climate here means that fires are a real danger, even in winter.

Tuktoyaktuk, part 5: Father’s House and the St.Vincent-de-Paul

This is Tuktoyaktuk’s ”St.Vincent de Paul” community store, which allows people to donate and salvage items. It’s also a cozy place for people to take shelter from the cold.

The churches in Tuktoyaktuk and especially the Catholic Church with resident sister Faye Trombley are very active in Tuktoyaktuk.

Here is Sister Faye (left) plucking geese with a girl from the community, on the front steps of the Catholic building called Father’s House.

Tuktoyaktuk on a sunny afternoon part 4

Here’s the bay in Tuktoyaktuk which is the beginning of the ice road. In the distane are a pingo and the beginnings of a tee-pee shape.

Tuktoyaktuk on a sunny afternoon, part 3

Tuktoyaktuk is a community of about 900 people which can be reached by ice road a few months of the year.

As you can see from the last picture, someone there has a St.Bernard.

Many of the buildings are getting quite old.

Tuktoyaktuk on a sunny afternoon: Part 2

Driving to Tuktyaktuk, the sun is diffused by ”ice fog.”

A pingo can be seen in the first picture.