Flight from Ellesmere to Resolute Bay and tour in Resolute Bay

18 August, 2004

Our expedition to Ellesmere is now over, so a chartered Kenn Borek Air's Twin Otter brings the group back from Alexandra Fiord airstrip to Resolute Bay, in northern Nunavut. As a night stay in Resolute Bay is required to create an extra buffer of time in case of any delay of the Ellesmere flight, I take this opportunity for a Resolute Bay tour, hiking through this small community of the north and catching everyday life.

It's time to say goodbye to Ellesmere island. The chartered Twin Otter aircraft, provided by Kenn Borek Air, approaches the airstrip in Alexandra Fiord, performing first a procedure turn above the highest obstacle.

 

Aircraft approaching Alexandra Fiord Aircraft approaching Alexandra Fiord
Aircraft approaching Alexandra Fiord Aircraft approaching Alexandra Fiord
The airplane descents into the fjord, flying very close to a mountain's side (top-left), then it makes a 180 degrees turn before overflying the airstrip at an altitude of about 10 feet. A kind of "missead approach" is then performed, before turning again and landing. This procedure is used in order to let the pilots to carefully inspect the landing site, before actually touching down.

 

Kenn Borek Air service on Ellesmere island Kenn Borek Air service on Ellesmere island
As the fuel to fly back to Resolute Bay is not enough, in order to avoid a refueling stop in Grise Fiord, the pilot uses an electrical pump to transfer into the airplane's tanks, some fuel from three cans, carried right now all the way from Resolute Bay.

 

Kayak expedition to Ellesmere - August 2004
We, a very nice and adventurous group of ten.

 

Our luggage is ready to be loaded.

 

Goodbye Ellesmere, goodbye Twin Glacier!

 

Ellesmere island glaciers
Ellesmere island glaciers Ellesmere island glaciers
Ellesmere island glaciers Aerial pictures of Ellesmere island. Alexandra Fiord's area seen from the Twin Otter while climbing, from the flight to Resolute Bay. Part of the icecap covering Ellesmere island and several glaciers are clearly visible.

 

Resolute Bay airport Resolute Bay airport
Resolute Bay airport The Twin Otter lands in Resolute Bay (Qausuittuq), where is necessary to stay one night before continuing south. Such time buffer is necessary as an extra safety margin in case the flight from Ellesmere island is delayed. So, before continuing south, I take a short tour of Resolute Bay.

 

Resolute Bay - Nunavut
Panoramic picture of Resolute Bay (Qausuittuq). This town is populated by about 200 people living on natural resources and services for the community itself, one of the northenmost within canadian arctic, in Nunavut.

 

Resolute Bay - Nunavut Resolute Bay - Nunavut
Resolute Bay - Nunavut Resolute Bay - Nunavut
More pictures of Resolute Bay in northern Nunavut.

 

Resolute Bay - Nunavut Resolute Bay - Nunavut
Resolute Bay - Nunavut Resolute Bay - Nunavut
Photos of Resolute Bay. This hamlet is actually located on Cornwallis island, just south of 75th parallel and sees severely cold winters lasting many months. The Inuit name Qausuittuq means "The place without down".

 

Resolute Bay - Nunavut
A polar bear skin left outside to dry during the brief summer.

 

Resolute Bay - Nunavut Resolute Bay - Nunavut
Resolute Bay - Nunavut Resolute Bay - Nunavut
Pictures of Resolute Bay "downtown".

 

Resolute Bay - Nunavut

 

Resolute Bay - Nunavut Resolute Bay - Nunavut
Resolute Bay - Nunavut Resolute Bay - Nunavut

 

Resolute Bay - Nunavut

 

Resolute Bay - Nunavut
Another panoramic photo of Resolute Bay.

 

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