A Taste of Nunavut

This post has been a long time in the making. It is about a 2011 wintertime trip to fabulous Nunavut. As usual I had plans to hammer out the editing for this adventure soon after returning to Banff. But as usual summer in the Rockies got busy with photo assignments, climbing, landscape work. An extended trip abroad soon followed. Lately it is the Mountains In Motion time-lapse documentary that has been time-consuming to say the least (albeit a joy to work on). So here I am, almost a year later, putting the final touches on editing the Nunavut images.

Let’s face it, Nunavut is not for everyone. To call it chilly is an understatement, and it is not cheap either. I was fortunate to spend two inexpensive weeks in Canada’s most obscure territory as a result of a photo contest organized by the Canadian Tourism Commission. As a prize, photographers had to pick one of the 13 provinces and territories, each of which had put a travel package together. It worked like the NHL entry draft. Having 3 winning images, I had the 2nd, 3rd and 7th picks. After the owner of the number one shot picked Manitoba, I quickly jumped on Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. I had never been to those places, had dreamt of going, and figured they were the priciest for me to get to.

Months later my wife and I landed in Iqaluit with all our ski touring gear. We had decided that we may as well add a few days to the trip (out of our own pocket) to explore the fairytale lands of remote Auyuittuq National Park. We spent a few days taking in the Toonik Tyme Festival in Iqaluit, and then ventured into the far reaches of Baffin Island, into one of the most beautiful wilderness areas either of us had ever seen.

Here are several photos taken along the journey. I hope that you can get past their “coldness” and appreciate the beauty of the area. It is truly one of our country’s scenic gems and in my opinion boasts some of the most underrated wild spaces in Canada, if not the world.

Thanks for looking. Thanks to the great folks at Nunavut Tourism, and the friendly inhabitants of the Arctic.

Paul

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