The Northwest Passage Trip Log (21 Aug - 13 Sep 2017) - ​Wednesday , Sep 6

Wednesday , September 6
January 2018

This morning ‘Le Boreal’ arrived in Ulukhaktok or Holman, a small hamlet on the west coast of Victoria Island, in the Inuvik region of the Northwest Territories. The large bluff overlooking the hamlet is the source of the slate and copper used to make the knives known as ulus, unique to the High Arcticand giving the community its name. Ulukhaktok is also famous for its Art Co-operative, established to provide income to the residents of the community by producing arts and crafts. It is internationally renowned for the production of prints. 

When we arrived on shore at Queen’s Bay, we were greeted by community members and treated to some traditional foods prepared by our hosts and enjoyed a demonstration of fish filleting with the traditional Ulu knife. Local guides then took us for a walk, followed by a visit to the community hall where local artists offered the art of print making, carving and other local crafts. Our visit was completed by a presentation of some traditional dancing and singing at the Simon Kataoyak Hall. Some adventurers also took advantage of a visit to the northern most golf course in the Americas! Back on the ‘Le Boreal,’ the enrichment lecturers continued apace with presentations by marine biologist Sean Todd and Richard Harker as well as a fun harmonica lesson from Mike Stevens. Then, as we journeyed along Victoria Island in the late afternoon, it was another zodiac adventure to the shores of Victoria Island. After a short walk, we had a magnificent viewing opportunity of several Musk Oxen grazing along a bluff. It was a great ending to a stimulating day on ‘Le Boreal’ as we travel along the Northwest Passage.

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