Into the Northwest Passage – Day 2

Day 2 – Sisimut

  • Got up at 5:30A after a night of no sleep
  • Found coffee in the Aurora Lounge and met Tagak, an Inuit elder who worked to form Nunavut in the 1980s and 1990s. He is a wonderful, warm man who lost his wife two years ago and really doesn’t want to be on the trip but came anyhow. His first trip since his wife died. He received the of the Order of Canada in 2003
  • 9:00AM, they call the passengers according to the colour of the dot on the back of your room key so we waited for the colour call so we can go ashore, a local guide will take us around Sismiut
  • Talked with Marlis, she is visiting all of the Canadian National Parks, she’s been to 34 out of 45
  • My colour dot is white, we were called and left the ship and joined the orange group for our tour
  • Walked around town for 2.5 hours, walked by the museum, the craftsman shop, yarn shop (musk ox yarn), lake, municipal centre, the area of town where the sledge dogs are kept, grocery store, fish store and then back to the ship
  • Back off the ship to after lunch to do some shopping, back to the yarn shop and got a pair of wrist warmers made from musk ox yarn – really soft
  • On board to watch the kayak demonstration – this man was amazing!
  • Lifeboat drill was a huge C.F. – the lists were wrong, the people, the cabins, the life boats. Here’s hoping the drill was the only time we need to do this because in a real emergency, this could be bad
  • Welcome by the staff and crew before dinner
  • Dinner and then more picture taking and relaxing before bed

Here’s the link to the photographs:

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