Trains to Iqaluit? Northerners poke fun at gov't Twitter account after gaffe

An ill-conceived tweet from a federal government Twitter account has provoked lighthearted disbelief from residents of Canada's North, many of whom are looking for an answer to a simple question: what train?

Tweet from @Canada account suggested reader took the wrong train to Iqaluit, which is on Baffin Island

A tweet from the @Canada Twitter account, run by Global Affairs Canada, has drawn quite a bit of reaction from Northerners for a simple reason: there are no trains to Iqaluit, which is located on Baffin Island and separated from the Canadian mainland by kilometres of water. (Twitter)

An ill-conceived tweet from a federal government Twitter account has provoked lighthearted disbelief from residents of Canada's North, many of whom are looking for an answer to a simple question: what train?

On Monday morning, the account @Canada, a verified Twitter account run by Global Affairs Canada, tweeted a series of images modelled after the popular "choose your own adventure" stories. The tweets outlined scenarios highlighting locations across the country, giving readers the option to make their choice through a retweet or a favourite.

One of these tweets, focused on Iqaluit, posed the scenario of a reader taking the wrong train, and arriving in a snowstorm in Nunavut's capital city.

However, as Iqaluit mayor Madeline Redfern was quick to point out, the scenario had a fundamental problem: there are no trains to Iqaluit, which is on Baffin Island.

Other tweeters quickly jumped on the gaffe, offering their own light-hearted responses to the mistake:

While some residents took a more aspirational approach, hoping the tweet pointed to a future addition to Canada's rail network:

Global Affairs Canada has yet to respond to a request for comment, though, as one commenter noted, it's not the first impossible scenario dreamed up by the "choose your own adventure" series of tweets.

With that said, sign us up for the flying train scenario.