Video: Working construction in Canada’s High Arctic

Working construction in Canada’s High Arctic is not for the faint of heart.

But since 2014, work crews from all over Canada have been rotating in and out of the Arctic community of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut to get the Canadian High Arctic Research station ready in time for Canada’s 150th birthday in July 2017.

Earlier this year, Eye on the Arctic visited in the site to meet some of these workers and hear about what working construction in the High Arctic is really like.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

Related stories from around the North:

Canada:  The geometries of Arctic all-weather road construction, Blog by Mia Bennett

Finland:  Uptick in construction leads to high demand for concrete in Finland, Yle News

Russia: Murmansk, Russia: Transport hub trouble, again, Barents Observer

Norway:  Norway improving infrastructure on Arctic island, Barents Observer

United States:  Record permafrost erosion in Alaska bodes ill for Arctic infrastructure, Deutsche Welle Ice-blogger



Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a 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 violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City. Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards. 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." Twitter: @Arctic_EQ Email: eilis.quinn(at)

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