Could You Live in Nunavut?

By: Heather Cahill

Could You Live in Nunavut?
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About This Quiz

If you've ever dreamt of living far in the north, Nunavut just might be the place for you! There's a whole lot more to living there than just being prepared for the snow and temperatures, however. The territory is known for being far from many luxuries that you may need or want, and there are not too many people who live there. It takes the right type of person to live there, but maybe you're the one who can do it!

Those who live in Nunavut share a lot of traits. A love of small-town living is one of them, as well as being hard-working people who can figure out how to get through any situation. It can be tough at times, but a little help from neighbors is always available. Aside from the distance, there's so much more to think about when choosing to live in Nunavut. For one, you have to be prepared to see some animals that you may not encounter in most parts of Canada! It can be quite an exciting area to live in much of the time.

Do you think you have what it takes to survive the northern conditions of Nunavut? Find out if you're prepared by telling us about yourself!

1 planes Planes can take you almost anywhere that you want to go. Are you afraid of flying?
Nope, I'm used to it.
I'm a little nervous, but I'll still do it.
I'm pretty scared.
I refuse to get on a plane!

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2 long drives Driving in the country and driving in the city can be much different experiences. Do you like long drives?
I do. They're relaxing.
I think they're fun.
They're fine once in a while.
I'm not a fan.

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3 good with money Things can get expensive in Nunavut, so would you say that you are careful with your spending?
I'm always keeping a close eye on it.
I try to watch it.
Not really, but I do make an effort.
I spend, spend, spend!

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4 snow year-round While all of Canada gets snow, can you deal with having snow for most of the year?
That's no problem for me.
I think so.
Not for most of the year
I couldn't.

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5 remote living Would you enjoy living in a remote area, or is it a thought that you dread to think about?
I wouldn't have it any other way.
Sure, I'd like it.
I wouldn't want to live somewhere remote permanently.
No thanks, I don't want to think about that.

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6 showering Water is often very limited in Nunavut with many areas having a cap on how much they can use. So, do you take a long time in the shower?
Nope, not at all.
The less time I spend in the shower, the better.
I like to do it every now and then.
I spend a lot of my time in the shower.

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7 spare cash Do you keep some money around to cover any traveling expenses you may have?
Always. It's essential!
I have a little bit set aside.
Not very much, if any
Nope

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8 greenhouse The climate in the North is a harsh one, so these can be essential. Have you ever used a greenhouse?
I use it all the time.
Yes, a few times
Only once
I've never tried it!

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9 gardening While there are grocery stores, things can get expensive in the territory. Have you ever grown your own food?
I always do.
I've tried it.
No
I wouldn't even know where to start.

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10 wildlife When you're in a remote area, there's lots of wildlife to see. How do you feel about it?
It's amazing.
I think it's fascinating.
I don't know what to think.
I don't really think about it at all.

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11 sunlight Daylight hours work much differently in the territory. Do you enjoy your time in the sunlight?
Not really
When it's beautiful outside, yes.
I always try to.
I live for the sunlight.

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12 oil tanks If you're going to live in the north, you'll need some heat! Do you have experience with oil tanks?
Yep, I use one all the time.
I know quite a bit about them.
I know a thing or two.
I can't say that I do.

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13 knowing neighbors Whether in a small town or big city, do you like knowing all of your neighbours?
I think it's the best.
I'd say so.
I don't mind knowing a few of them.
It doesn't matter to me.

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14 inuktitut Signs in Nunavut are written in two languages, English and Inuktitut. Can you speak Inuktitut?
Yes, I'm fluent.
I know a bit.
I can say a few words.
I don't know how to speak it.

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15 fast food There are restaurants all over the city, but in Nunavut, it's a different story. Can you go a while without fast food?
I never eat fast food anyway.
I can.
I can go a little while.
Nope, I love it too much!

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16 conservation Do you make an effort to conserve your resources so that you don't run out?
I have no choice but to do it.
I do my best.
Most of the time I do.
No, I don't.

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17 skyline Would you rather see mountains or buildings when you look out your window in the morning?
Mountains, of course.
I'd prefer to see open spaces.
I'm fine with either of the two.
I prefer buildings.

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18 extreme cold Though it gets cold around the country, do you think you can handle the extreme cold?
It's no issue for me.
I think so.
I'm not sure. I would have to try it.
Nope, I need the heat!

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19 danger Danger can come in many shapes and forms. Would you say that you fear it?
I have nerves of steel.
Rarely, if ever. I'm usually ready for anything.
Almost always.
Yes, I'm always terrified of it.

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20 snowmachine Have you ever taken a spin on an ATV or snowmobile whether it was for work or play?
They're my primary mode of transportation!
I use them quite a bit.
I've used them once or twice.
I've never seen one in person!

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21 polar bear When living in the North, there's always a risk of running into this. Do you know what to do if you encounter a polar bear?
Use bear spray
Never lose eye contact
Back away
Run!

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22 compost They say to reduce, reuse and recycle, but most importantly, do you compost?
All day, every day
Most of the time
I try to.
No, I've never done it.

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23 community No matter where you go, you'll always find a community. Do you like to give back to yours when you can?
Of course, I think it's important.
I do it when I can.
If I'm able to, I always try to every now and then.
Nah, I don't really do that.

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24 fishing Sometimes, survival is necessary when you live far out from town. Do you enjoy fishing or hunting?
Absolutely. It's important for survival.
I like them.
I don't mind it.
Nope, it's not for me.

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25 tim horton How often do you visit one of the most popular shops in Canada, Tim Horton's?
I barely visit.
Once in a blue moon
I'm there quite a bit.
Every single day!

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26 patience Today, many are used to getting what they want or need quickly. In Nunavut, this isn't always the case. Are you a patient person?
I sure am.
It would be hard to make me impatient.
I have some patience, but not much.
I'm am very impatient.

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27 many friends You could be a social butterfly or someone who prefers to stick by a friend or two. Do you have a few close friends or many?
Just a few for me
I'd say that my circle is a moderate size.
I have quite a few.
I can name at least 50!

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28 lift services When it comes to traveling locally, would you say that you Uber quite often?
I've never been in an Uber.
I've taken an Uber just once.
I only took an Uber a few times.
I always take an Uber.

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29 perseverance Things can get tough when you're living far from the big city. Are you good at persevering?
It's all I do.
I'd consider myself to be good at it.
I'm not the best.
I'm definitely not.

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30 square dancing Dancing is a large part of the culture in Nunavut. How do you feel about square dancing?
It's the most fun one can have!
I enjoy it.
It's fun to see once in a while, but I don't like doing it myself.
I'm not a fan.

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