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Discovering Gjoa Haven

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By Peter Mansbridge

Well my son will be jealous when he sees these pictures.  He's 13 and often talks about his parents who draw the line when it comes to his requests about ATV's, all terrain vehicles. 

"Too dangerous" is the usual reply when Will tries to make the case for why we should have one at the cottage.

But here in Gjoa Haven on King William Island, ATV's are a way of life and today I found myself navigating the streets in one, traversing the shoreline and the tundra around this tiny community.  They're perfect for the rugged conditions here where at any minute you can find yourself crossing shallow waterways, rocky landscape or soft sand. 

There are lots of them in the hamlet, it's without question the preferred method of transportation here. And I'll admit it, I had a ball bombing around town on one (even if, as you can see, there were no helmets available). 

We were checking out some of the locations we'll be using for Tuesday night's National when we'll be focusing on the Inuit side of the Franklin story.  So many of the clues the searchers are using are based on Inuit oral history so we'll examine why that is considered so trustworthy.

Something else I found out on my ATV travels, answers the question some of our critics like to ask: "Who watches CBC anyway?"

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Well, I know that a lot of people across the country watch and trust CBC and after today I know an awful lot of people in Gjoa Haven are part of that group.  I was constantly stopped for pictures and autographs and it was very nice of the residents here to want them.

And I got some with them too!

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