Doing it Clyde River-Style

Sunday, Febraury 14th, 2010

Iqaluit to Clyde River (Kanngiqtugaapik) – Today we said ‘bye’ to Iqaluit and moved on to Clyde River.

The plane was a tiny, tiny 18-seater. The flight was only two hours or so, but again the size of snacks was enormous. I asked for water and got 1 litre bottle! They really take care of you well on these northern flights.

And again, just like on the flight to Iqaluit from Montreal, the views from the plane were gorgeous.

View from plane on way to Clyde River from Iqaluit. Photo Eilis Quinn

When we arrived at the airport it was around 3pm and it was already getting dark. The airport is tiny. And the baggage claim was a hoot. Basically, a pick-up truck drives out to the plane. The bags are loaded on the truck. The truck drives to the front door of the airport and they dump the bags in the street for passengers to pick up as they drive into town.

Baggage claim, Clyde River style.

Between the four of us, we have a massive amount of gear. It takes us at least two trips to transport everything. Especially in a place like Clyde River where there’s only one taxi, it doesn’t make us very popular with other travellers. Either at the airport or at the hotel.

Luc, our cameraman, at Clyde River hotel with half of our gear.

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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