A number of us flew north to Resolute Bay, Nunavut on Canada Day. Resolute will be the home base for the POLAR6 aircraft campaign. The flights north go from Ottawa to Iqaluit, and from there to Resolute with refueling stops in Hall Beach (a community founded in 1950’s as part of the Distant Early Warning system) and Arctic Bay.
Resolute is a small town (about 200 residents) that is home to a well equipped airport used extensively for Arctic expeditions. Accommodation is at the Polar Continental Shelf Facility that was built to support Canada’s efforts to map its northern territory but is also now used by DND for their Arctic training exercises. Luckily, the blinds in the room are pretty good – with the sun not setting. There are about 10 of us here now, awaiting the arrival of the POLAR6 which was delayed in Muskoka for a couple of days due to bad weather on its route in northern Ontario.
-Jon Abbatt, NETCARE Principle Investigator