A move to a new community – Arviat here we come!!

We were settling back into our routine and slowly getting used to being back in Baker Lake when Rob was asked to apply for a managerial position in his department. We had an idea this was coming as the position was vacant for almost a year and Rob was acting in the position since we’ve come back.  After much discussion, we decided that this would be a good opportunity for Rob.  He applied and got the position but this meant that we had to move to a new community.  The new community is called Arviat and is to the south of Baker Lake but still in the Kivalliq region.

Evening in Baker Lake

Evening in Baker Lake

So, what did that mean? Rob was offered the position in early July and by the end of July we had all our belongings packed back into the seacan and arrangements were made for it to be picked up by the sealift and barged to Arviat.  We left Baker Lake in early August with our two dogs and only eight bags of essential items.  You know 2 pots for cooking, 2 plates for eating, utensils, clothing etc. – basically all the items we needed to survive until the rest of our belongings arrive hopefully in early October.  This year the sealift has been delayed by ice in the Hudson Bay and Hudson Straight.

Sealift anchored in Baker Lake

Sealift anchored in Baker Lake

After about a week being in the Arviat, Rob left again and is on duty travel (or what we call travelling for work). Rob is currently in Coral Harbour enjoying ‘island’ life and training new staff.

Luckily for me, my employer was very understanding and has continued to allow me to work from home while our office is located in Cambridge Bay.

Enjoying a nice day on the land near Baker Lake

Enjoying a nice day on the land near Baker Lake

Our next blog will go into a bit more detail on Arviat and the new community, but I can tell you that Arviat is very flat… I feel like we have moved to the prairies. ~Sophia

Sunset in Baker Lake

Sunset in Baker Lake

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