Flight Level From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 654 times:
Actually, it is really not that expensive. Only the flights are. I stayed with a family that I didn't know and it was $15 per night. They showed great hospitality. The flights were only $1,200 total. And to take an expedition to see polar bears it was $75. Not too bad.
Dash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2742 posts, RR: 12 Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 650 times:
I have been to Iqauluit and Rankin on stops and one time got stuck in Iqualuit and had to wait 2 days for the next flight. 5 People asked to buy weed. I liked it there especially the land scape when I ever I have to stop there it is for 4 hours so I make some time to check it out.
Flight Level From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 650 times:
Yes the isolation has left the teenage and younger community in shambles (for the indigenous peoples). Alcohol, drug levels, and suicide are EXTREMELY high. I would not be surprised if 7 year olds smoked weed there. There are a great deal of hippies as well.
Mcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 611 times:
I'm fascinated with the vastness and desolation of the interior: the idea that it might be possible to leave a large, sturdy, eye-catching time capsule on an island in the middle of an isolated lake, and not have anyone stumble across it for years.
NBC News1 From UK - England, joined May 2001, 324 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 590 times:
I was born in October 1983 in Toronto and three months later in January 1984, my parents moved to Nanasivik(mining), located on the north end of Baffin Island. It was the North-West Territories at the time (as I'm sure you know), but it is now part of Nunavut and is one of the northern-most cities in Canada and in the world.
My family lived there until the summer of 1988 when I was four years old, and because of my young age.....I have few memories.
The only reason the whole experience still affects me is because it is the entire reason why I became and am obsessed with Airplanes.
Once a year my family would fly down to Toronto and Ottawa to visit family members...and the only memory I really have of the whole time is that of the airport and the planes.
The airport was extremely tiny and had a gravel runway. The terminal was about the size of a small convenience store.
Nordair operated a flight from Montreal to Nanasivik (via Iqualuit) twice a week with a 737-200 Combi. The plane would continue on to Resolute after Nanasivik. Nanasivik only had about 250 people.
The service was changed in 1987 to Canadian Airlines (it didn't become Canadian North until after we left), again with the 737-200C's formerly with Nordair. Still twice a week and still continuing on to Resolute.
Polaris From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1118 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 573 times:
When Nordair was still around, they used to have an overnight summer package from Montreal to Iqaluit (Frobisher Bay at the time). This would take you to the north to "experience" the midnight sun.
The flight would leave Montreal at 19:00 and arrive Iqaluit at 22:00. You would tour all night. The sun would be up all night. Tourist places would remain open all night. You would get back on your plane at 07:00 the next morning and be back in Montreal by 10:00.
CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4759 posts, RR: 26 Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 557 times:
Just a tip for anyone planning to visit Canada's north: if you can, purchase Aeroplan miles from Air Canada for your trip instead of paying for a ticket. There is no longer any limit on the portion that you can purchase for your trip.There a limited number of seats available, but outside of the holiday seasons, you have a pretty good shot. My sister saved about $900 by purchasing aeroplan miles instead of paying cash for her ticket to Baker Lake...which otherwise would have cost over $2000.
AirCanadaMan From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 465 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 542 times:
I live in Yellowknife, and have been to Inuvik, Tuk, Diavik, Rankin Inlet, Cam Bay, Iqaluit and Resolute.
(though It wasnt Nunavut at my last visit, March 99)
The north is everything for me, when Im off at school, I cant wait to return back, the midnight sun, canoing to all hours of the night, the dark of winter, (yes I enjoy the -40C weather, infact I miss it), mounatin biking, and, of course the vast and completley dfferent aviation scene we have.
I could not imagine being born or raised anywhere else.
Dash8king, are you a resident or a frequent visitor? (and they go to the gas station with plastic bags, so they can sniff it, not drink the gas)
Superfly, If you ever make it to town, email me, and I'll give you a plate!
Dash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2742 posts, RR: 12 Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 531 times:
Yes I know they sniffed the gas my guess is that they just put into a bag later oh well. I am a part-time resident, I stay with my mom sometimes and then sometimes go to my dads in Rossburn Manitoba. Rossburn doesn't have an airport.
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 54 Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 508 times:
Fascinating topic...I have had a desire to go to the Canadian Arctic as well, it is something that has piqued me for years...Id also like to visit ALERT someday but I think it is only for Canadian military personnel...
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AirCanadaMan From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 465 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 491 times:
It was probably the 5 months of complete darkness that pushed him to the limit, and, its true, it happens a lot, especially for southerners who take jobs as nurses, teachers and RCMP officers, they cant stand it.
For us, durring freeze up and break up, when the ice road is useless, and the ferry can't go in the water, the entire city, (all 17,000 of us) have no road connection, and so no groceries or trucked goods, (fuel, cars, shipments for Wal-mart) for up to 4 weeks. (Eventually they fly it in)
But of course, it has its benfits, isolation pay, low taxes, 5 minute minute walk from anywhere to complete and total bush that goes on for 1000's of km's....
Like I said, I'd take the midnight sun and the winter howl over being stuck 40 minutes in traffic, or waking up and hearing of smog warnings or having to drive 3 hours to something close to the bush.