"Baffin Island" Nunavut by jorgejuansanchez

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View of Iqaluit from a hill

Baffin Island is located in Nunavut, the Canadian province where I am now. Here, in Iqaluit, all the hotels charge 210 Canadian dollars for a simple room, if two persons, then you have to pay 420 dollars, plus tax...! Everything is very expensive, except the Salvation Army (food and accommodation for free), and internet for free in the Public Library. One kilo bananas in the supermarket costs 15 dollars. They sell fruits by units, about 20 times more expensive than in Spain. Everything has to been brought from Canada mainland. Inuit people are becoming lazy; they do not fish or hunt anymore. Instead, they receive money form the Government.

After trying in vain to get further north hitch hiking from Whitehorse, in Yukon, to Inuvik, I headed back to Dawson Creek, in British Columbia, then Peace River in north Alberta, and then Yellowknife, where after three days I decided to fly to Nunavut, to Baffin Island, with a stop in Rankin Inlet.

Canada is too expensive, so I sleep in Salvation Armies, where I eat and sleep for free together with local aborigines. They are nice people. At the beginning they did not like me, taking me for a white Canadian, I mean, for a European Canadian. They hate them because they think that they arrived from Europe, hungry, desperate, to kill them and rob their lands in Canada. But when I explained that I was from Spain and that my parents did not migrate to America to invade Indian and aborigines lands, but stayed in Spain, then they start considering me a friend, a visitor, but not an invader. I said that I went to Canada to admire their country. I have been accepted by them.
I keep waiting. On 21st June it will be a celebration, Aboriginal celebration coinciding with the entry of summer.

After the celebration I will head from Iqaluit to Quebec by plane, unfortunately, since there is not a boat service out of Baffin Island. And then will hitch hike to Labrador Peninsula.

This is the Arctic Survival Store

Downtown Iqaluit

Look at the Inuit language signs

  • Last visit to Nunavut: Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated Sep 17, 2014
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