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Loaded for Polar Bear in Nunavut: Nanook of the North On the Looney Front -- Part 6

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.21.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

My Inuit guide Maurice is not free today but his brother Alan turns up astride the tracked metal beast, and I ensconce myself atop a plastic ice-cooler at the back of a sled behind a little on-board hut-type contraption.

Of Ice Fields and Icebergs in Frozen Nunavut: Nanook of the North on the Looney Front -- Part 5

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.11.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Doing in reverse in 40 minutes what it took Mr. Cheltenham and his friend seven days to complete with skis and spiked boots down below, I gain a magnificent bird's eye view of the craggy splendours of Nunavut's Auyuittuq National Park on the flight from Pangnirtung to Qikiqtarjuaq.

A James Bond Park in Canada's Frozen Nunavut: Nanook of the North on the Looney Front -- Part 4

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.19.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

There's a huge thick eiderdown on the sled and I burrow down under it, with only my head emerging, like a curious ninja turtle. But my feet are still freezing, my hands are frozen, my balaclava-ed face is stinging like old buggery, and, yes, my lashes have frozen over again.

Moving up Baffin Island in Nunavut's Arctic Spring: Nanook of the North on the Looney Front - Part 3

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.18.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

I still have enough time in Iqaluit, Nunavut's capital, to recoup for my earlier failure to find Sylvia Grinnell territorial park. I find an office in a shack and enquire. "First right, first left, you can't miss it," I'm told.

Dog Sledding in Nunavut, Arctic Canada: Nanook of the North on the Looney Front -- Part 2

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.17.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

I'm flailing about like a balloon, and he has to pull me upright. We drive out to where the dogs are chained up -- 14 absolutely magnificent furry and friendly animals, barking, caterwauling, yelping and howling in one mighty cacophony.

In Canada's Inuit Territory of Nunavut: Nanook of the North on the Looney Front - Part 1

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.16.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

The crazy quilt gives way to wall-to-wall blinding whiteness, the pilot tells us we are now passing over the North Quebec hydro-power plant, and fair Lady Wind Tunnel, not to be outdone, lets slip the mother of all winds.

The Geography of Justin Bieber Fever in North America

Ryan Nickum | Posted 06.08.2014 | Entertainment
Ryan Nickum

When deciding where to live, there's no shortage of considerations, particularly when it comes to the musical tastes of your neighbors. Before movin...

How Video Conferencing Delivers Education And Mental Health Care To The Arctic Circle

Willa Black | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Willa Black

The territory of Nunavut, Canada is incredibly cold and remote. It's roughly a four-hour plane ride north of Toronto, with temperatures well below the freezing mark for eight months of the year, dark in the winter months and light all summer long. The communities in the north face unprecedented challenges.

Favorite Finds From Folk Alliance 2013: The Canadians

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.07.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Every year in February, Folk Alliance International brings together folk musicians, promoters, labels, organizers, agents, managers, DJs, journalists, and other folk lovers, for a giant trade show and music showcase.

I'm With Stupid: The Fiscal Benefits of Swapping Idaho for Samoa

Todd Hartley | Posted 01.16.2013 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

As of this writing, people in all 50 states had filed requests to secede from the union in the wake of the presidential election, and I have to say I ...

Wild Weather Unleashed as Arctic Thaws

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

Let's take a much closer look at what's going on in the Arctic, because it's thawing at an alarming rate.

Teen Stranded On Ice Floe With Polar Bears Is Rescued By Parachuters

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CORAL HARBOUR, Nunavut — Battling hypothermia, a 17-year-old hunter stranded on a floating chunk of ice shot and killed a polar bear while trapp...

Canadian Opens Plane's Emergency Door, Jumps To Death

theglobeandmail.com | OLIVER MOORE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

An "unruly" passenger threw himself out a charter airplane flying high over Canada's far north, leaving his community reeling and grappling for answer...