Land of the Midnight Sun can be used to described any of the world’s northern regions above the Arctic Circle. The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon occurring in summer months at places north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle where the sun remains visible at midnight. Baker Lake, located at the 60th degree parallel and near Canada’s geographical centre, is just below the Arctic Circle and by summer solstice (June 21) we get about 22 hours of sunlight – not quite the 24 hours of daylight but still a lot of light for us here. Of course, having the sun shine during the night makes it very difficult for us to fall asleep. So how do we deal with all that light? Some people use tinfoil or a thick towel over their windows to darkened the rooms, we use blackout curtains instead and those eye-covers that they used to give on the plane.
People of course celebrate the return of the light with annual events which includes hamlet days or fishing derbies. Kids also play outside all the time and I’ve come across a few that have competitions to see who can can stay up the longest. They last about 3 to 4 days before collapsing from sheer exhaustion. I’m not sure I would last past day 2 without a lot of coffee… – Sophia