Wednesday March 9th was the day we had been counting down from what seemed like forever.
Westjet fight from Halifax direct to Edmonton. The kids were beyond excited as this was their first time on a plane. So after some fancy foot work at the check in avoiding some excess baggage fees, we made our way through security and to the Gate.
The kids were phenomenal on this long flight. Our son became at one with the toilet as all of a sudden he needed to go every 20 minutes, but he was happy and smiling the entire way.
After landing in Edmonton we basically had an entire day with nothing planned. We decided it was best spent at the West Edmonton Mall.
The look on the kids faces was priceless as their heads were on a constant swivel as we explored. We took in the sea lion show and both kids were asked to help in the show.
After the mall it was back to the hotel for a good meal and some much needed rest.
Day 2 had us traveling from Edmonton to Inuvik via Yellowknife.
We flew Canadian North for this leg, and I must say it was great to fly with an airline that actually offered a service. You never felt like they were just trying to gouge money from you at every opportunity. From the amazing agents at the check in to the cabin crew who provided the best service I’ve had on a flight in a very long time. For my Aussie friends it reminded me of flying Ansett back in the day.
Another long day of Traveling, but at least it was broken up into a few legs.
This found us in Inuvik for our first night in the Arctic.
Our third and final day was from Inuvik to our new home in Aklavik.
Just a short 20 minute flight on a small bush plan just big enough for the 4 of us most of our luggage and the all important pilot. We did have to have a few of our bags remain in Aklavik until Monday due to weight restrictions for the plane, but it’s nothing we can’t live without for a few days.
We had been telling the kids all along that this was going to be a small plane… But when they saw it they were a little shocked but far from phased.
Somehow our pilot managed to squeeze us all in and we gently soared westward further into the Canadian Arctic.
It was a beautiful flight, watching the landscape change so many times…. As we approached Aklavik we got our first glimpse of home.
We finally landed and we’re greeted by the current store manager who gave a quick tour of the town and the store, before we went to our new house to begin the unpack.
It certainly feels good to be here… We have a lot to learn and explore, but so far we love it here.
Feels good to be home!