Bombadiers are relatively common in Arviat and are generally used to haul trucks, drums of fuel or other heavy loads long distances (8-12 hour trips). These original machines date back to the 60's but are still great for the purpose they are used. If you get a chance for a ride be prepared for a noisy trip.
The loads are always carried on kamotiqs which are perfectly suited for hauling things over the snowy tundra.
Snowmobiles are also used to haul smaller kamotiqs on which is a "box" for people to sit in. Depending on the amount of padding/foamies, riding in a kamotiq can be a pleasant or bone-jarringly painful experience.
This is the Coop Store which unfortunately does not get the same amount of business as the Northern. However, I did just learn that the Coop brand of Raspberry Chocolate ice cream is awesome so I will be frequenting this place more often now. The Coop is also where you arrange to get the cable TV connection and pay the cable bill. More than in the...more
The Northern Store is a chain store that exists in every Arctic community. It is your place to buy food groceries, clothing, furniture, tv's, ammunition, skidoos and ATV's.In Arviat as most other communities the Northern also houses a Quick stop where you can buy Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizzas. Our particular Northern also sells soups and subs...more
The Kiluk Sewing Coop sells a variety of sewn items (clothing, wall hangings and dolls) and carvings made from caribou antler and stone. The iglu shown is actually from the western region of Nunavut (each area is generally known for a unique style of carving or sewing). This iglu portrays a typical traditional scene and is only about 6 inches...more
Polar bears commonly come around the town in Late October and November. This is a time where most people are wary about walking out alone on the tundra. However, there is a yearly polar bear tag draw for which the "winners" are allowed to harvest a specified number of bears (1 bear per tag). The result is that you might get to try polar bear meat...more
Due to the permafrost, it is not possible to lay regular piping systems for water. As a result all houses have to receive water delivery from one of the water trucks. There is a pump station just outside of town that fills up the trucks so they can deliver water to homes. The water originates from a creek that is south of the town.Having water...more
Many local Inuit using carving as there main source of income. The preferred medium is caribou antler although some use stone when it is available (we have no local supply here). Whether it be drum dancers, fishermen, kayakers, polar bears or cribbage boards, the artistic abilities of these artists is quite impressive. As for prices, that varies...more
Although Arviat itself is Off the Beaten Track, once here you can arrange to take a tour out to Wolf Esker (winter or summer), go caribou hunting (fall), geese hunting or egg collecting(spring), seal hunting (spring at the floe edge or fall by boat) or beluga whale hunting (fall).
All of these activities will give you a true on the land experience. However, be prepared to pay the hunters/guides that take you a significant fee along with having to endure bugs or cold or bumpy rides.
As you are probably aware, one characteristic of the Arctic is the presence of permafrost just below the surface. This icy layer presents difficulty for construction because should this layer melt under a house the ground will sink and structural damage to the building can result.In recent years, innovative methods to deal with permafrost have...more
I would suggest that you drop by the schools in Arviat because in some of the elementary grades, children are taught completely in Inuktitut. The schools also regularly have elders on site to help children learn more about their language and culture. This is a very important focus for the Department of Education so teachers and students are...more