Arviat, formerly known as Eskimo Point, is the second most southerly Inuit communities in Nunavut (by the way Wikipedia and the website for Arviat is incorrect as Sanikiluaq is the most southerly community).
Arviat is located on the western shores of Hudson Bay, approximately 200km north of Churchill, Manitoba. Framed in by several large barrenland rivers, Arviat is flat and surrounded by rolling tundra, marshes, and dotted with lakes and ponds.
Arviat is also the second-largest community in Nunavut and remains closely tied to its traditional Inuit roots.
Since we have moved to Arviat in August, we’ve had opportunities to observe many birds as they have been migrating south and as August turned into September we had to become more aware of our surroundings as polar bears start travelling north, and Arviat is one of the routes they pass through. So far I have not seen any bears but the conservation officer had to deal with eight bear calls last weekend (Friday night-Saturday morning) alone.
As part of our big move to Arviat, Rob arranged to have all our belongings moved into a sea container and shipped via sealift from Baker Lake to Arviat. Of course we only received the container last week just in time for winter as the weather is getting colder now that we have moved into October with the water in the Hudson Bay slowly freezing. We can’t wait to explore the areas once there is more snow on the ground. ~Sophia & Rob