Category Archives: Airport and planes

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.


Rescue test at the airport (submitted photos)







These photos were sent my way by Mike Handley, Operations Safety and Emergency Planning Officer in the Airports Division of the territorial government’s Department of Transportation. I thought they were too cool not to post: They show emergency services holding a drill at Inuvik’s airport, complete with false rubble and volunteer patients.

The drill was intended to simulate response to an airplane crash.

Airshow in Inuvik: Royal Canadian Air Force visits

The Canadian Forces are a big presence in Inuvik this summer. A training and mobilization operation called Nanook could bring 600 people near the community by August.

About 100 military vehicles are expected to drive up the Dempster Highway. The military also announced its presence on July 17 with an air show.

It featured a Sea King helicopter, A Cf-18 Hornet jet and the Snowbirds, Canada’s famous precision-flying team.

Forest fires: A hot and dry summer part 1

Inuvik has had two forest fires this summer, less than 10km from town.

Here are scenes from the smaller of the two. Water bombers were active dropping water and the smoke was visible from the community.

Military plane above Inuvik

Canada’s armed forces often has search-and-rescues and different operations above Inuvik.

This model was seen above the community recently.

Interesting building: Nav beacon for planes

This building looks like something out of science fiction. It produces a signal which can help planes find Inuvik’s airport and orient themselves.

Here comes the sun

An airplane on a bright sunny day.

We now have sunlight for at least 12 hours a day, and the days keep getting longer.