(My apologies:  I lost my phone with all my photographs between this and the previous post so have to rely on fellow travelers for the rest of the posts.)

Going to shoreCalmer seas overnight and this morning and we were amongst a great many smallish icebergs.  We sailed down Davis Strait and turned into the island community of Qikiqtarjuaq.  The community originated in the early 1960s when an air strip was built to support the nearby DEW Line station.  It now has a population of over 500.   Apparently icebergs traveling south sometimes divert inland around the island and often are grounded. Not sure if the grounding is assisted by the locals or not but, in any case, they provide drinking water for the community.  They claim it makes excellent tea. The sea water in the port is very clear.  As we came ashore we could see the bottom quite clearly even though we were in several feet of water.  Caption: Coming to shore in Qikiqtarjuaq. Photo by Justin Peter.

Northern StoreWe were shown around town by the locals.  It has an RCMP attachment, two general stores, post office, school, administration facilities, and an impressive Community Centre.  I wanted to mail post cards but the post office did not open until1:00 PM, which was the same time as the last zodiac to the boat, so I wasn’t able to get a Qikiqtarjuaq post mark. 

Caption: Northern Store ( formerly Hudson Bay Company) in Qikiqtarjuaq.  Photo by Ann Frederking.

Community CenterWe were treated to local cuisine plus cheese and crackers.  I tried cooked and dried Arctic Char, raw seal meat and dried Narwhal. The raw seal meat had the consistency and appearance of raw liver. Once I got it in my mouth and realized how slimy it felt I wimped out and swallowed it whole without chewing.  The other items were much more palatable, some even good.

Beth helped the local economy.

Caption: Qikiqtarjuaq Community Centre.  Photo by Ann Frederking.

In the afternoon we were back in Davis Strait on quite calm waters and among many icebergs.  Again shore scenery was spectacular.

The Saskatchewan SquadWe travelled south to Sunneshine Fjord, a short inlet just north Cumberland Sound.  We travelled into the fjord and, once more, scenery was beautiful – tall grey cliffs flanked by snow covered mountains.  The weather was cold but sunny until we hit a severe squall near its end.  While in the calmer portion of the fjord we had group photos take for posterity. (There were only six of us from University of Saskatchewan as opposed to nine from Beth’s University of Alberta.)

Caption:  The Saskatchewan Squad.  Photo by Roger Pimenta.

When we got back into Davis Straight, we had lost almost all of our small icebergs but were left with some pretty hefty replacements.  We continued south as our journey was quickly coming to an end.