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Inuvik w/ midnight sun (aerial)

A 30m aerial view of Inuvik, Northwest Territories taken just after midnight on July 3, 2023.  Inuvik was settled in 1954 as an alternative administrative centre to nearby Aklavik.  It became an official town on New Years Day 1970 w/ a population of 3,137 citizens as of 2021, making it the second largest settlement in Northwest Territories.  Until 1990, the economy of Inuvik was based largely on the Canadian Armed Forces & petroleum exploration.  While English is spoken, schools teach the native Inuinnaqtun & Gwich'in & a local radio station also broadcasts in those languages.  There is also a population of about 100 Muslims who have lived in the region for economic opportunity.  Being in the vicinity of the Arctic Ocean, the weather can be sporadic.  The record lowest temperature recorded here was on February 4, 1968 registering -56.7*C (-70.1*F) while the record high was on both June 17, 1999 & July 20, 2001 at 32.8*C (91.0*F).


This time of year being north of the Arctic Circle the sun remains up for 24 hours, from May 25 to July 19.  This time of day businesses are closed yet the kids are still out walking about & playing at the park.  The sun appears to stay stationary to the northwest at this angle, feeling like eternal evening when in fact it was actually moving right & horizontal above the horizon before it would rise again for sunrise.  Here one can also see the famous Igloo Church.  The streets around Inuvik are paved & may just be the northernmost paved roads in North America.  Also in view is the northernmost traffic signal.

Copyright: William L
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 18800x9400
Taken: 21/07/2023
Uploaded: 21/07/2023


Tags: chief jim koe park; midnight sun; inuvik; northwest territories; mackenzie river; inuvialuit; aerial; dempster highway; inuvik-tuktoyaktuk highway; boreal forest; our lady of victory parish; igloo church; richardson mountains
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