A Creative Soul in Iqaluit, Nunavut

Well, I finally made it to Iqaluit. I spent quite a bit of time up north in Yellowknife but had never made it over to Iqaluit but always wanted to. It was for barely 24 hours but at least I got there. It had been so long since I had flown Canadian North, it felt like I was going home. Definitely much better then regular airlines, they served warm chocolate chip cookies.

Check out this crazy looking airport. When I stepped out of the airport I was surprised by how frontier it felt.

This is the main road with the only stop sign. There was a bit of a “traffic jam” at the end of the work day for Iqaluit standards.

All of the residential buildings were on the top of rocky hills overlooking the town.

This is a stone carving just outside of the Legislative Assembly.

If I had of had more time I would have loved to find another creative soul in Iqlauit, like a local carver or Kamik maker to see a home studio with them in action but all I could get to was the local Carvings Nunavut store.

They had some gorgeous pieces including some prints and Amautis.

They even had a food truck (they are taking over the culinary world after all).

It was still pretty chilly for June (I was cursing myself for not bringing mitts) but I had to take a stroll along the beach. The ice was still breaking up and it was quite breathtaking.

There was a giant chain all piled up in the sand that was a tad puzzling and looked like a cool sculpture.

There were some old boats parked up on the sand that had seen better days but I was mesmerized and desperate to climb into one.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance too and that was probably a good thing as getting arrested for breaking and entering on a work trip would not have gone over well I am sure.

This trip inspired a quick little sketch of a boat with the Nunavut flag to the left in my water colour journal.

I am hoping one day I will get back there to spend some more time exploring but in the meantime, it felt good to step foot on Northern soil again.

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