Winter Is Coming, But In Iqaluit It's Already Here

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Today marked the Autumn Equinox for the Northern Hemisphere. The temperature is starting to drop and the leaves will soon change colors. But in Iqaluit, NU in northern Canada, which is just three degrees south of the Arctic Circle, the temperatures are already in the mid-30s and nights are getting longer.

Iqaluit is the capital of Canada's newest province, Nunavut, and has just 7,000 people. Nunavut is about the size of western Europe, but the total population is 30,000 people. There are no roads to Iqaluit and no trees in the capital city.

Kristin DeWulf is a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer. Kristen has lived in Nunavut for six years, and in Iqaluit for the past three years. She's originally from the southern province of Saskatchewan and she says winters here can weigh on her. RCMPs in her departmet are required to take 2 months of vacation each year, and Kristen says she tries to take that time during the coldest months and vacation somewhere warm.


  • Kristin DeWulf, an Iqaluit resident

This segment aired on September 23, 2011.


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