Iqaluit

Qisuktuq

“Qisuktuq – sea ice is forming,” writes Maggie Kuniliusie of Iqaluit, who took this photo of the bay freezing up on Nov. 29 as the sun set at 1:30 p.m. (Photo by Maggie Kuniliusie)

All is bright

It was a silent night on Thursday, Dec. 3 when the Christmas lights that adorn Nunavut’s legislature were turned on. In years past the event, part of the Christmas lights across Canada program, would draw crowds in the hundreds. This year, because of the pandemic, there was nothing. “Although public health guidelines concerning large gatherings did not allow us to hold the traditional lighting ceremony at the legislative assembly, we warmly invite Nunavummiut to view our display of festive lights,” said Paul Quassa, Speaker of the legislative assembly. “During this challenging and unprecedented time, it is more important than ever that we draw strength from the spirit of the season.” (Photo by Dustin Patar)

Smoke on the water

The Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Henry Larsen is seen near Iqaluit as the sun sets and water vapour rises off the freezing ocean on Nov. 30. It was the ship’s final day in Frobisher Bay for the year before returning to more southerly waters. (Photo by Frank Reardon)

Quite the view

Iqaluit’s sky turns bright orange as the sun sets on Monday, Nov. 30, at 1:30 p.m., as seen from the dining room of Letia Obed. The ship in the bay is the fuel tanker Kitikmeot W. (Photo by Letia Obed)

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Northern lights over Iqaluit’s causeway

Blaine Heffernan captured this image of the northern lights above Iqaluit’s causeway around 8 p.m. on Nov. 19. “It was -17 with a -20 something windchill. The lights were definitely putting on an amazing performance!” he writes. (Photo by Blaine Heffernan)

Iqaluit remembers

More than 100 Iqalungmiut gathered around the cenotaph in front of the Iqaluit branch of the Royal Canadian Legion for a brief, socially distanced outdoor Remembrance Day ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The annual ceremony, which is often held in the cadet hall, was moved due to pandemic precautions. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

Watching sea ice form

Anwen Folger, six, looks at sea ice forming along Iqaluit’s beach behind the elders home on Tuesday, Oct. 28. (Photo by Mosha Folger)

New Iqaluit city councillor sworn in

Iqaluit’s newest city councillor, John Fawcett (centre), poses for a photo with Mayor Kenny Bell (right) and Coun. Joanasie Akumalik (left) following his swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 3. Fawcett, a runner-up in the last municipal election, was appointed to fill the vacancy created by Malaiya Lucassie’s resignation in mid-October. (Photo courtesy of the City of Iqaluit)

Light and darkness

The boat Black Jet is silhouetted against the lights at Iqaluit’s deepwater port on Oct. 16. Iqaluit photographer Blaine Heffernan was composing the shot around 8 p.m. when a city-wide power outage occurred, helping to create the eerie ambience. “Sealift off-load continued in the darkness,” he writes. (Photo by Blaine Heffernan)

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Upon reflection

Iqaluit photographer Blaine Heffernan captured this image on Oct. 16. “The rain just started to let up and I noticed the perfect puddle driving down Federal Road,” he writes. “I knew I could reflect the big Qamutiq sign in it and using a long exposure on the vehicles going through the four-way, would create a great image. Set up the shot with a wide open aperture as I knew I would have many starbursts from the streetlights down ring road. This was the result!” (Photo by Blaine Heffernan)