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A Mosque On Permafrost

In cities, culture, design, religion, urban life, world on September 26, 2010 at 5:08 pm
Overlooking Inuvik with the fall colors in the...

Inuvik, in the fall...Image via Wikipedia

Here’s a seriously cool story – a mosque built in Winnipeg and sailed north to its permanent home in Inuvik, making it the world’s most northerly.

I once visited a town in northern Quebec, Salluit, which was built on permafrost. It’s a whole other world north of the tree line!

From The Globe and Mail:

Over 23 days and 4,000 kilometres, the mosque avoided several such calamities as it meandered toward the Arctic, capturing records and the national imagination along the way.

That’s what made its final arrival on Thursday evening all the more sweet for the 40-odd Muslims who greeted it, as crews hauled the 1,500-square-foot structure off a barge to a site where it will start welcoming worshippers by the end of October.

“We didn’t clue into the symbolic meaning of this mosque at first,” said Abdalla Mohamed, a local businessman who helped co-ordinate the move of what’s now considered the world’s most northerly mosque. “When the community realized that it was history in the making, it became a huge point of pride. I mean, this is the world’s only mosque on permafrost!”

  1. I use to live in the Arctic. I do believe in finding sources of pride for the communities up there. They need to look around and be proud of a lot of other “firsts” on permafrost. The biggest being the sense of community that is second to none.
    Very cool story!

  2. Where? What were you doing? Lucky you.

    Such a place. I was there for merely 24 hours on assignment for the Montreal Gazette, and will never forget it. I really want to return.

  3. My Dad was a teacher in Yellowknife and Hayriver in the 70’s. But we did get to visit Tuk, Inuvik and Coppermine (it has an Inuit name now). Living there and visiting are two very different things. The best things were , 24 hour sunlight, Northern Lights and living on the Canadian Shield. The worst were lack of fresh fruit and vegetables, 24 hour Darkness, black flies and the biggest mosquitoes I ever saw.I am thankful for the experience. I am equally thankful that I don’t live there anymore :)

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