North of North

April 13, 2011

On a recent visit to New York, I was talking with an American friend about my upcoming trip to Inuvik (to attend the IRS TRC’s second national gathering at the end of June). This is how our conversation went:

Friend: How are things going in Toronto?

Me: Good. I’m planning my trip up to Inuvik.

Friend: Inuvik? Is that like 5 hours north of Toronto?

Me: No way – it’s way further. It’s like…way north. North of north.

But at that point, I realized that I didn’t really have a good grasp on exactly how far north it was. So we google-mapped it. The first image that comes up doesn’t give you a good sense of anything except that there isn’t too much around Inuvik.

If you zoom out a bit, you start to get a sense of how far north it is.

If you zoom out a bit more, you see that it is certainly farther than 5 hours north of Toronto!

The conversation made me realize just how much of Canada, especially up north and outside the urban centers, I have yet to see.

On my way up to Inuvik, I’ll be stopping in Yellowknife too. Looking forward to exploring this part of Canada!

NOTE: The IRS TRC has announced that it will be holding a statement gathering event at the Multiplex in Yellowknife on April 14, 2011. And will then be traveling to some of the other communities in the Northwest Territories until May 12, 2011. More information can be found here.

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