About

Our blog title is a tongue-in-cheek bastardization of the pronunciation of Nunavut. So many people outside of the territory call it “nunna-Vit” so we thought it would be a hoot to play off that. For the record, the correct pronunciation is “noon-Ah-voot”.

We’ve discovered a very healthy blogging community in the North, and will soon hopefully become a part of it.  Originally this blog was intended to keep our friends and family up to date on our exciting adventures.  However after a couple of years up here it’s come to be a gateway guide for people moving up here. To our surprise so many people have contacted us after reading through our blog asking questions about life in the great white north.

We’re proud to say that we’ve gone from red-nosed rookies to ambassadors of the north in our short time here. The overwhelming community spirit in Iqaluit is infectious so we hope to convey that through our words, pictures and experiences for all to share.

16 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello, I just stumbled across your blog while researching my own move to Iqaluit. Thank you for all the helpful information. It has definitely brought my anxiety level down a few notches! My boyfriend and I should be arriving at the end of the week. Maybe we’ll see you around town!

        • Hi Shawna. It all depends on what your interests are. If you lean more towards humanitarian-like efforts then Habitat for Humanity, The Soup Kitchen (Qayuqtuvik Society), the Thrift Store, & Women’s shelter are always looking for assistance on various levels. If you’re a fitness guru then the Atii Fitness Society runs one of major gyms in town. Completely volunteer driven and operated. There’s literally something for everyone. Too much to list individually. What are you looking to get into or are you just up for anything? Basically the same people run in most of the volunteer circles so if you get involved with one you’ll more than likely be down with other groups as well. 😉

          • I wouldn’t mind volunteering at the humane society. I can’t seem to find it however. Welcome to the North Shawna! I just landed on December 2nd and have been really enjoying my time so far.

  2. Thanks for the information Ian and the welcome Megan. I start a full time job tomorrow. Yeah me! I will certainly be involved someway. I’m a past Rotarian and understand the Iqaluit club is very active. Looking forward to helping out and meeting people. Now where to start?Cheers,
    Shawna

  3. Hi,

    Thanks for sharing this awesome blog with us!

    I have a few questions, that might be too touristy for the scope of this blog, but I am wondering if you could help me out here?

    I might be between jobs soon and am wondering if I should make use of that time to come visit Nunavut. I’d spend two weeks and would like to live with the locals, as opposed to at a hotel/motel. In return, I could bring some supplies from here (Montreal), or pay with cash, whichever is appropriate. I just would really like to see how the local culture is. And I would also like to see polar bears – it’s been a dream for a while now – sorry! I know that part is especially touristy. But I don’t want to really go with those commercial packages.

    Do you think this is something that you could give me some pointers to?

    Thanks so much!

  4. I am also thinking of moving up there. I have applied for some jobs and am waiting to hear. I love your blog. I have so many questions and can’t seem to find some of the answers. I wish the gov’t had a handbook for moving up there. So where is the best place to buy your winter clothing? I am single mature female and friends have warned me it could be dangerous up there; is that true? ( I mean more than any where else in the world) So I have been reading EVERYTHING and a silly question….when you bring supplies to the Sealift in Ottawa or Montreal do they give you crates or a container to put it all in as on there handbook it is showing how to build one? ugh. And how do you get it to your apartment once it has landed if you have no vehicle? I have 100 more questions but will leave it at that…..for tonight 😉 Thanks so much for the insights.

  5. Thanks for this. I am thinking of taking a job up there with the northwest company. My family is in terror that I am moving to a frozen hell and will be hopelessly depressed, isolated and lonely.
    I came across your post while doing research. I also have a cat and was wondering if you brought yours with you . I am curious as to the cost and how the cats did.
    Thanks again for the great blog.

    • Hi Dianne. Apologies for the late reply. It’s been a wild month. If you wouldn’t mind I can email you about how our kitties are doing and the options you have available? It’s a bit much to write in a comments section. Let me know either way. Always love helping out new people to our kooky little town. 🙂

  6. Hi, I’m curious to learn about whether Nunavut would be a safe place to live for a single young woman from the south. How concerned would I need to be as long as I don’t do anything stupid?

    • Hi Claire! We have many friends who are single and female. You can be very safe here. It’s not too glaringly different from any other place a single woman might live. My suggestion to you is to find a few friends, through work or even social media. Get to know them and find your bearings in town until you’re comfortable. Venturing out on your own shouldn’t be a stress. Be safe!

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