Trains to Iqaluit? Northerners poke fun at gov't Twitter account after gaffe
Tweet from @Canada account suggested reader took the wrong train to Iqaluit, which is on Baffin Island
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.
You took the wrong train?! You end up in Iqaluit, stranded in a snowstorm. You have to get off the train <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ChooseYourOwnAdventure?src=hash">#ChooseYourOwnAdventure</a> <a href="https://t.co/r9GKdhm70P">pic.twitter.com/r9GKdhm70P</a>—@Canada
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.
In case you are unfamiliar with Canada’s train network, here’s a map. Iqaluit is straight north from Toronto on Baffin Island. <a href="https://twitter.com/Canada">@Canada</a> <a href="https://t.co/zrbnsWwzrJ">pic.twitter.com/zrbnsWwzrJ</a>—@madinuk
Other tweeters quickly jumped on the gaffe, offering their own light-hearted responses to the mistake:
<a href="https://twitter.com/Canada">@Canada</a> <br>TRAIN ?<br>MUST BE TWO CANADAS—@GeraldGgallant
<a href="https://twitter.com/Canada">@Canada</a> I think you meant "you took the wrong PLANE"—@cferris65
<a href="https://twitter.com/Canada">@Canada</a> flying train to Iqaluit? Or floating train?—@YukonSylvie
While some residents took a more aspirational approach, hoping the tweet pointed to a future addition to Canada's rail network:
.<a href="https://twitter.com/Canada">@Canada</a> hmm... I have yet to see a train in Iqaluit. Is this your way of telling us we will be connected to the national rail system?—@tattuinee
<a href="https://twitter.com/madinuk">@madinuk</a> Maybe <a href="https://twitter.com/Canada">@Canada</a> is insinuating that they will build a bridge to Iqaluit. Maybe with a fibre connection as well!—@Maqaiti
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.
<a href="https://twitter.com/Canada">@Canada</a> I think none of these silly people realize that you're just having fun. You were talking about sasquatches earlier, after all.—@_kellylee_
With that said, sign us up for the flying train scenario.