The community of Arviat

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).

Welcome signs to Arviat

Welcome signs to Arviat

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.

The flat landscape of Arviat

The flat landscape of Arviat

The community centre in Arviat

The community centre in Arviat

Foggy day in Arviat

Foggy day in Arviat

Arviat is also the second-largest community in Nunavut and remains closely tied to its traditional Inuit roots.

Sled Dogs

Sled Dogs

Getting ready for winter - Sled Dog Xing

Getting ready for winter – Sled Dog Xing

Inukshuk near Arviat

Inukshuk near Arviat

Old boat in Arviat

Old boat in Arviat

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.

Pacific Loons in Arviat

Pacific Loons in Arviat

Arctic Tern catching fish

Arctic Tern catching fish

Plover in Arviat

Plover in Arviat

Loon shaking off the water

Loon shaking off the water

Sandpiper

Sandpiper

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

Foggy day in Arviat

Foggy day in Arviat

Sunset in Arviat

Sunset in Arviat

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