The Attraction of Remote Places

Have you ever been to a place that’s so remote that it takes hours to get to the nearest city?  I have.  I grew up in a small town of two thousand people that’s around four to five hours from the nearest big city.  But it’s near a smaller city and in an area that services a hundred thousand people.  Not exactly remote.

Where I live now is completely the opposite of remote.  I live in the world’s largest metropolitan area with a population of around thirty-seven million people.  Yeah, Greater Tokyo has more people than all of Canada.

But what about the Arctic?  That has settlements that are truly remote.  Why are they so interesting?  It’s a different way of life there, and the landscape is so completely different.  Above the tree line, it’s like another world.  In a remote town, there must be an incredible sense of community, but at the same time, a sense of loneliness.  With bad weather comes a possible lack of supplies.  It may not exactly be an easy life.  Extremely cold winters, cool summers, very early sunsets in winter, seemingly endless daylight in summer.  It sounds so different from what I’m used to.  To be fair, my hometown’s sunsets are pretty late, nearly 11 pm.

I’d like to show you a city, a very remote city in the Arctic Canadian territory of Nunavut.  It’s the capital city, Iqaluit.  With a population of 6,699 in 2011, it’s the smallest capital city in Canada.  I found this video while video hopping on YouTube a couple nights ago, and I found it fascinating.  I hope you find it interesting, too.

It makes me want to visit.  How about you?