I want to begin this entry by talking a little bit about the sheer size of Nunavut. As I have said in other articles, Canada is the second largest country in the world. However, what I didn't know until writing this article was that because Nunavut is also so large, it is the center of Canada! Nunavut is so big that it is the size of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan combined. If you're not Canadian and that doesn't mean much to you, Nunavut is the size of the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Poland combined.
And it is only inhabited by 32,000 people. That's right, only 32 thousand people!
Being that far north, parts of Nunavut have six months of straight daylight, and six (very long, very cold) months of straight night. The communities are very small, and abandoned towns are sadly very frequent. There are also ships frozen in the waters, ranging from Swedish viking ships to modern tankers. The thick ice is impossible to pass, even with climate change. As you can see in the pictures below, people can cross the ice from Baffin Island to Greenland (which often made it difficult for me to figure out where exactly the picture was taken).
Also, being that far north, and this late in the year, winter has already set in. I should have thought of doing this cross Canada series during the summer when I didn't have to worry about winter, but I can't stop now and resume it once the winter is over, so to my foreign readers, let this be your taste of what Canadian winter is like. Hopefully I can chew through the remaining 7 provinces before winter reaches the rest of Canada.
Because there aren't as many people living in northern Canada, tourism isn't very popular and I didn't want all my pictures to be of snow, so some of the following photos have been taken awhile ago. I hope that's alright. Either way, I hope you enjoy "Instagramming Canada - Nunavut", and I hope one day you get to visit this place for yourself.
I would also like to thank Finding True North for the splash image I'm using. They are one of the leading groups promoting Nunavut tourism, and have even recently put on their very own Instameet. Be sure to check out their page and give them a "Follow" for more amazing Nunavut pictures! They're awesome!
Auyuittuq National Park
Lakes and Rivers
Snow & Ice
And, as always, a big thank you to my sweetheart Jessica Nuttall for proof reading a countless number of my articles. I couldn't do any of this without you. I love you.
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For many of us in Saskatchewan, summer means it's time for an Alberta road trip. Although the endless stretches of prairie have their appeal, there is nothing quite like seeing the mountains rising over the horizon.
One challenge that comes with taking a summer road trip is the heat. Much like on this side of the border, it isn't uncommon for summer temperatures to get to the extreme. I know a few people who have had car problems in the heat, and my family is one of them. Nothing ruins a trip more than an unexpected visit to the mechanic.
Thankfully, Alberta has a myriad of places to go swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding or fishing. This not only gives your vehicle time to cool off, but also gives you a chance to escape the heat as well.
A few articles ago I listed Ogema as one of the top destinations to visit in Saskatchewan. Immediately after I wrote the article, I put my money where my mouth was and booked a weekend trip to Ogema for my girlfriend and me. I figured it wouldn't be fair to my readers to recommend a place for them to visit without actually visiting it myself, and after getting my new Galaxy S7 from TELUS I figured I needed a reason to test it out.
Earlier this year I took my Galaxy S6 to La Ronge, and had very little coverage. I wanted to use Facebook's new Live Video option, but I couldn't get enough service to even send a text message. I was pretty disappointed by the coverage with that provider, so I was interested to see how TELUS' network was in Ogema.
The result was pretty darn good! We streamed Spotify all the way there, were able to do a Live Video from the Deep South Pioneer Museum and took some really great pictures and videos of the trip. It also helped to have a reliable network when I got lost driving there (don't ask me how!). TELUS has invested over $29 billion into their network since 2000 and it has really paid off. It's a great feeling knowing that no matter where you travel, you can rely on TELUS to keep you connected.
Ever since visiting the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg last summer, I've wanted to include more about First Nations culture on my blog. Being of European descent, I often feel I am culturally blind to First Nations culture, and I noticed a severe lack of it in my writing. In fact, I feel in past articles a lot of my focus has been on European history in the New World, with only a side note regarding First Nations history. Now, I am trying for there to be more equal representation in my blog.
To finish off my #BucketlistAB series, I thought this article would be the perfect place to flip the tables, and instead focus on First Nations culture, with a European side note. Sometimes it is impossible to talk about one without the other, but I tried to focus more on the First Nations people and their story in this article. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.