Before leaving for the...
Before leaving for the National Park, you must get advice on Polar Bears from the Parks Canada office - we didn't see any, but one was reported near Iqaluit while we were there. Crossing rivers can be hazardous, so it is best to cross early morning before the sun has begun to melt the glaciers - we crossed one once at 3am - it was still light but not bright sunlight. There are only two crossing points on the Weasle River - one is a rope bridge, the other is a primitive chair crossing (see picture).
Alcohol was a bad thing for us...
Alcohol was a bad thing for us Europeans to have introduced....for a town of only 15,000 inhabitants, Iqaluit was quite a dangerous place to be at night, especially on pay day. It is one of the few communities in Nunavut to allow alcohol (Pangnirtung and Broughton are officially dry). This also means that some people coming to Iqaluit from the communities go wild. Iqaluit certainly felt unsafe on a couple of nights.....we saw a fight break out outside 'The Snack' (also known as a place where drugs can be found), which resulted in a local being bottled, and some of the driving later that night was suicidal.