Category Archives: Homes and housing

That northern colour

What a nice colour for a house. This colour seems ubiquitous in Canada’s north.


Visit to Aklavik, part 1: Quiet community these days

Aklavik is a small hamlet near Inuvik. It can be accessed by boat and plane for most of the year. However there is an ice road from December to April.

The hamlet has an official population of about 600 people, but it could very well be lower. The community has few wage-paying jobs outside of local government but is well situated for hunting, trapping and fishing.

Click here to read the Wikipedia page which is quite informative. 

First snow of the year: October 9

Winter has arrived with a bit of snow. Inuvik usually gets the first snow of the year in early October. This year the weather had been very mild in the fall and the snow fell a few days later than average.

Lightning storm tonight over Invuik

There is very loud thunder tonight in Inuvik, as well as lightning of surprising intensity.

Last week about 70 homes were without power for a few hours, after lightning fried 7 transformers and some fuses in town.

This was the view from my window around 1:40am (tip: these were the best among 300 photos…pressed the button repeatedly on “burst mode.”)

Views from the top of town

Inuvik’s access road is elevated. With a zoom lens you get a raised view of the community. Many joggers enjoy the scenic access road route.

The new arctic architecture: Industrial grey space

The same architectural firm was hired by the NWT government to design Aurora College, The Aurora research institute and the new school. (Now called East 3 Elementary and Secondary)

The three buildings’ style is very distinct. They feature grey corrugated metal siding, exposed pipes and bolts and a lot of glass.

The three buildings are an example of a new, very distinct architectural style in Inuvik.

Stormy weather: Rain is rare in Inuvik

The western arctic is somewhat of a desert region. There isn’t a lot of precipitation; only a few inches a year.

Most of the time it falls as snow. (About 10 inches average per winter). However,  on rare occasions there is rain.