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!”