Qikiqtarjuak

We had a nice reception from the people at Qikiqtarjuak who came down to the small harbor to say hi as we brought the dinghy in. Other than a fuel tanker that came in a 2 weeks earlier with the aid of an ice breaker, we were the first boat in this year.

The manager/chef of the small Co-op hotel opened his kitchen to cook us a great steak meal and let us use his internet for e mails, weather and ice files. There are just over 550 people living in the village, almost exclusively Inuit but Louis the manager was from Montreal and loved the way of life out here.

With the ice still blocking our way to the next village at Clyde River we delayed our departure and took the opportunity to explore some of the local Fjords and motored up to the head of Coronation Fjord, the scenery is majestic and this is truly a special place on a huge scale.

The journey up the fjord took us underneath some huge rock walls, all unclimbed and possibly unseen by climbers. Much of the rock is broken by the extreme weather but there are also huge sweeps of solid rock faces. Access to this area is easy, probably best achieved by boat, either using Q as a base or better still a boat anchored nearby.

We were able to get close to the face of the glacier and anchor just down the fjord for the night and the following morning get up close to the glacier face and take some good photos. I will create a photo gallery when we next get high speed internet.

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