ATTENTION ALL NORTHERNERS WHO VISIT THIS BLOG: If you have any tips, tricks or things worth noting to those new to the North please feel free to share. Having as much advice in one spot from varying sources makes it a heckuva lot easier for people to reference. Cheers!
Last Updated: February 25th 2013
Days without a complete wipeout for Ian – The streak ended at 726 days. I almost completed 2 full years without busting my bum but unfortunately a week after Suzanne took a spill that broke her wrist I too joined the masses that have put ass-to-ice. Thankfully the only thing I shattered was my pride.
- Tim Horton’s @ NorthMART apparently opens and closes an hour before the store does so that’s handy if you want to camp out there and have a coffee or something waiting for the grocery store to open up. As of December 6th 2010 they do not have the capability to accept Tim’s Cards. They’re working on it though.
- Yaktrax don’t do much when there’s a layer of snow over the ice. They actually help make you slide even more once the snow gets caked up in your rings.
- It’s been advised to us by someone who’s been up here for quite a long time that if you have electronics (like a tv, computer, etc) coming up via air transport let the devices warm up to room temperature gradually before even trying to turn them on. He recommends letting them sit in moderate temperature dwelling for at least 2 – 3 days before firing things up. Many a hard drive have been lost to premature activation.
- Depending on where you are and how much sunlight you get (or don’t get for that matter) it’s recommended that you stock up on vitamin D. At least 1000 – 1200mg daily should suffice during the dark months but you can load up on more (up to about 2500 – 3000mg) if you’re really feeling “out of it”.
- They have Internot up here – not quite Internet. If you’re used to blazing download & upload speeds be ready for a wake up call. You have to do your homework and/or pay a hefty price for comparable Southern speeds.
- Cab rides end up being social interactions with strangers whether you like it or not. It’s quite common to share cabs with others around town. Since cab rates are $6 per person anywhere in the city it’s an everyday event to have people pop in and out of the cab you’re in en route to your destination. If you don’t like engaging with people then you’re going to be doing a lot of walking here. Good luck when the bad weather comes.
- Stock up on lotion. It’s so dang dry up here it can get you itching no matter how many showers you take. Keep yourself moisturized as much as possible.
- Apparently if your shoe size is 10 and over (females), there is a good chance you’ll find a lot of shoes on sale.
- NorthMart has loads of sales in the days approaching Christmas – including a balloon drop where you can win some great prizes.
- It’s a good idea not to go grocery shopping after 5 PM on Government agency pay days. The word is that both grocery stores are extremely busy at that time.
- To get a post office box, you must be able to show a letter from a landlord or an employer. Oh, and if you don’t have a civic address, don’t bother asking for one.
- If you wear glasses be mindful and stray away from wearing them outside if you’re going to be in the cold for too long. I heard my frames creaking and crackling the other day when it was bitterly cold and there was a guy at the post office who’s lens just popped right out. That’s all I need is for my only pair of glasses to get viciously taken out.
- Be very observant when you shop for fresh meat and produce at any of the stores. Unlike the south where it’s often safe to assume things are within their “best before” range, up here if you’re not paying attention you could very well end up with some edibles that are well past their prime.
- Tim Hortons is apparently doing the Roll Up The Rim up here.
- The Country Food Fair will now be held on the second Saturday of every month, so no worries that you missed the first one (March 12th).
- Missy warned us about this but we didn’t take her seriously – own a pair of rain boots. When Iqaluit starts defrosting the muck and mud levels are staggering. You can quite literally go calf deep in some mud without notice. Let’s just say I had a nice pair of sneakers before coming up here. ;p
- Best time to buy pop around here seems to be just before sealift time. Stores look to sell their old inventory before their new supply comes in and it’s usually for far cheaper than you’d ordinarily find. For example for the apst month or so NorthMart has been selling Pepsi 12 can cases (Crush, Mug, Schwepps, etc) that normally go for about $15 for only $5. So what they’re a little old. Can’t beat that price up here.