Category Archives: Winter

Campfire at minus 20c

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Sometimes you need to get out of the house. A campfire in winter is a good idea. The dry conditions make wood burn easily.

Inuvik has campfire pits by the river, where it is legal to hold a small fire like this.


Watchful raven


I really wonder about the daily life of ravens. How do they survive in the -30 temperatures? How do their stomachs process frozen food, and their feet withstand perching on ice?

Amazing birds.

Full moon over the “moon base”



moon116A very bright full moon was visible this week. Here it is shown illuminating the New North Networks dome building which is a store, adapted from an old “dewline” radar system. The place looks like something in science-fiction.

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.

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 thanĀ  ($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.