Interesting Inuvik and Charles' Birthday
Inuvik Travel Blog› entry 81 of 167 › view all entries
Happy 12th Birthday, Charles!
We really enjoyed the small town of
We’re now card-carrying members of the Inuvik Centennial Library (www.inuvik.net/icl) – for $15 we get temporary membership and Charles was thrilled to find “The Final Warning” by James Patterson in there. We’d checked at the bookstore, but their focus was “northern” books and literature.
Friday is a “civic holiday” because of the Anniversary celebration and there is a parade on Friday with a schedule of activities. We’re hoping to tour the “only Canadian hospital North of 60”. We looked at a map yesterday and there are not many locations north of 66.
Here are some of the things we did:
Great Northern Arts Festival: met Gregory (polar bear claw necklace), bought bowl, polar bear, and print that artist signed, t-shirts, hat; workshops going on for (see paper)
RV: car wash ($1/minute self-spray), gas ($1.70/liter full service), brake check (fine)
Swim at the Community center- met Ruby
Groceries: $10 for box of Rice Crispies, $6.
Pizza ($30 for large pizza)
Few things learned about the area:
Ice road is built when the river starts to freeze. They drill through the top layer of ice until ice so that the water will flood over the top of it and then that water freezes until the layer is 6’ thick. Then small cars are allowed on it and when safe, eighteen wheelers can use it. Even the fruit truck man said that he uses the ice road in the winter to haul produce to the outer regions. Right now, there is no road there.
Community clean-up: Once a year in the spring, everyone in the community participates in cleaning up garbage and tidying up the area.
Ice break up date- guess the date correctly and get $100 from Recreation Dept and name on plaque with plaque to take home
Utilities: Water and sewer lines are run above-ground and housed in corrugated, painted metal boxes behind the houses and buildings so that they won’t freeze.
First Nations (Indian) and Inuvialuit (Eskimo) groups each have settled land right claims with the Canadian government. There is a large building in town called the Inuvialuit Corporate Headquarters. The settlement of hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested over the years and people of that group receive 15% of the annual profits in a once a year payment of varying amounts. The situation is the same for the First Nations people. Both groups also have the right to free medical care, prescription drugs, and higher education throughout
Hunting and camp cabins are a way of life for food rather than for sport.