Facing North East
Cape Dorset Suits from communication hill
The high school
The waterfront on the bay
A waterfront home
Waiting for the thaw, and that begins in mid to late June, but day time temperatures in the minus teens indicates spring. It was a balmy -17c today.
Lots of these hunting canoes. Mentioned in an earlier shot that someone forgot to put their boat away , but that is not the case. These canoes are put on sleighs and towed out to the flow-age, which is where the ice meets the open sea water. There the canoes are launched and the hunt of seals, walrus and even polar bears begins if the hunter got a tag for bear.
Now this is a sure sign of spring boat cleaning.
There is really not a lot of snow but the winds can whip it up pretty good. Travel on foot is good because the snow is for the most part very hard packed, and the crunching hollow sound under foot is very unique, like I have never heard at home.
Although the bay is frozen, one can still tell when the tide is shifting, as the ice moans and groans as the water fluctuates underneath. The ice is 4-6 feet thick on the fresh water lakes where they ice fish , not so sure about the salt water.
Ok, salt water oceans depending on its salinity which usually is about 3.5% which equals 35 grams of salt per litre of water. This will freeze at -2c or 28F. I often wondered that, but never had a reason to look it up.
A look across the bay, well it looks like a bay but that is another Island. Cape Dorset is on Dorset Island and is the only settlement here.
The moon came up as the sun was setting and this was about 7:30 – 8:00
This is the North west neighbourhood at he top of the bay and where the beach is. It is very hard to picture this place in the summer. Here there is virtually no growth. People will visit family in Kimmirut
to go blueberry picking. My assistant and family went by canoe last summer and it took two days , the trip back was six days due to high seas and had to camp out and wait out the weather.
These hare the Canoes of the North, unless home made they are from the same company.