Sunday, March 20, 2011

Tracy and I took the time to walk around Iqaluit on this _gorgeous_ day... it’s unbelievable how breathtaking the scenery is. We walked to the store, which had all sorts of animal furs on sale. They also had an incredible collection of books, so I think I might pick some of those up when I come back through.  We were both surprised to find that the grocery section had a huge selection of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as tons of items that I wouldn't have expected... like pumpernickel bread and blue cheese. I guess I'm not as immune to stereotyping as I thought I was.  As we walked around town, there were all sorts of ravens and there was a constant buzz of snowmobiles. We had to carefully choose our photo opportunities so we didn’t get run over!

Everywhere we looked, we were reminded of the fact that we are “not in Kansas anymore”. Even the road signs are in Inuktitut. We saw many women wearing the traditional coats with room in the back for a baby (and many babies, too!). It really feels like a totally different country...

Iqaluit is right on the edge of the sea, so the harbour was very close. We walked down and It’s pretty easy to fall in love with Iqaluit when the sun is shining and everyone is out and about.

We ended our day with a meal at the Nova Hotel's restaurant. It was not particularly cheap, but it was a very upscale meal! I had a maple citrus smoked Atlantic Char dish that was served with rice pilaf, asparagus, red pepper, mushrooms. We wanted to order the "Thai Caribou salad" (mostly because of the name!) but they were sadly out of Caribou. We enjoyed a leisurely meal with a glass of white wine (the last wine we'll have for a while) while the sun set on Iqaluit. I can't imagine what tomorrow will bring. 


  1. I'm loving reading through this :)

  2. Jennifer it sounds like you are having an amazing time! It looks so beautiful :) Can't wait to hear about it!