Monthly Archives: November 2012

Winter has truly arrived: 60km winds

Inuvik saw wind gusting to 60kilometres an hour on Monday. It was enough to send snow drifts on the streets and rattle street signs.


Australian Santa visits Inuvik

It’s below freezing outside but people have fun. Here’s lifeguard Santa at the community pool. Surf’s up.

Blogroll: Check out this excellent blog from Yellowknife

I’d like to point out Tandi Wilkinson’s blog from the NWT’s capital of Yellowknife.

In many ways people in “old town” and houseboats live more closely to the land than people in Inuvik. Things like crossing lake ice are not part of daily life for most people here.

Worth a look for sure.

NHL Hockey players visit Inuvik, part 2: The exhibition game

The exhibition hockey game happened at the Roy ‘Sugloo” Ipana memorial arena, which is part of the Midnight Sun Complex. The temperature outside was about -20c. 

Ottawa Senators fan Dennis Dulay works at the rec centre and was wearing team colours.

The arena has seating for about 350 people, and tickets quickly sold out.

Many people in the audience had team jerseys.

What do people eat at a hockey game in the NWT? Dry fish.

Former mayor of Inuvik Denny Rodgers is a Toronto fan.

Professional players shared the ice with young local players.

Looking like the Mad Trapper of Rat River,  the Ottawa Senators’ Chris Neil wore a muskrat hat instead of a helmet at first, as a joke.

This young fan looked like a real hockey player, with his missing tooth.

Jordin Tootoo cut through and scored the first goal of the night. Players were informally divided into “team black” and “team white.”

Young fans run around.

A victorious Senators player is seen through the plexiglass boards.

Fans watch the game from a balcony.

A noisy crowd at the Roy Sugloo Ipana Memorial Arena.

Hockey dreams: A young fan is lost in the game.

NHL Hockey players visit Inuvik, part 1: The airport


People outside Canada might not realize this but the National Hockey League (NHL) is currently “locked out” due to contract disputes between owners and players. What do players do with the downtime?

Why not come to the arctic and raise funds for charity — in this case, sports programs for aboriginal youth.

Nine players from the Ottawa Senators stopped by today and one very famous northerner: Jordin Tootoo who is originally from Nunavut and now plays for Detroit.

Inuvik, the next generation: New daycare centre being built

Inuvik’s getting a new daycare centre. It’s the result of tireless volunteers. The building is funded by an amazing amount of local fundraising (more than $1 million so far) as well as a significant investment from the town of Inuvik, ($2.2 million) territorial government funding of more than  ($1 million).

The daycare is seen as an important way to promote early childhood education. It will amalgamate the different smaller daycares currently in town.

Night riders

Snowmobiles are a common way of transport. During the time of the year when there is snow (October to April) you can see people riding them on Inuvik streets.

You are allowed to ride a snowmobile on small streets, but not the major ones.

One problem however are quick-driving, daredevil young people who whip around corners, go into traffic, and rev their engines late at night.