This year, summer in Nunavut was as elusive as a political leader behind dump trucks.
Suffice it to say that we waited a long, long time for summer in Nunavut to arrive this year - but once she came, oh did we ever bask in her glory.
It may not be hot. It may not last for months. Frankly, it may not even resemble your idea of summer. But summer in Nunavut is beautiful and unique and we damn well sure know how to take advantage of it. Here are some of the activities and occurrences that make the season special.
Anything on the water.
Or less commonly, in the water.
When the thermometer surpasses double digits and the breeze is just strong enough to deter mosquitoes, you jump right in.
Rainbow game is strong.
Campfires, bonfires, any kind of fire.
The pyro in us all loves summer.
Long walks on the beach.
We haven't had much luck with berries this year around Iqaluit, but the rest of the North is coming through with the tiny tart treats.
Not quite Greenland but in the same general neck of the non-existent woods, on Baffin Island. In just over two weeks I'll be heading to Greenland to explore for close to two weeks, along with friends @paulzizkaphoto and @stephendesroches - can't wait!! #CanadianCreatives #exploreCanada #nunagram #greenland #auyuittuq #hiking #explore #canon_photos #canon_official
Teeny-tiny, oh-so-perfect tundra blooms.
Days and nights at the cabin or camping.
Tundra on fire.
As temperatures cool at the end of August, the flora adopts an autumnal palette. The shifting seasons are always so pretty and - as it says in the Instagram caption above - not at all governed by our dates or deadlines.
And those summer skies.
Long, long, long days have their upsides, if you can stay/wake up late/early enough to meet the sun when it's low in the sky.