Sachs Harbour, N.W.T., welcomes first cruise ship in years
Quark Expeditions brought about 100 passengers to the community, which has population of about 130
Not content to let its regional neighbour Ulukhaktok have all the cruise ship action, the small N.W.T. community of Sachs Harbour welcomed about 100 visitors of its own Wednesday.
Though the small Quark Expeditions ship that docked off the hamlet's shores pales in comparison to the luxury-liner Crystal Serenity — which carried about 1,000 passengers — it's still significant for Sachs Harbour, the Northwest Territories' northernmost community.
"It was excellent," said Stephen Wylie, Sachs Harbour's senior administrative officer. "The people coming off the ship were very nice, friendly. Everybody was anxious to learn about Sachs Harbour, and we were anxious to learn about their hometowns as well."
After being brought from the ship by Zodiac, the tourists were greeted by locals who served as tour guides for their visit, directing them through the community with stops at the local museum, grocery store, and community centre.
"It was a little bit different for them," said Wylie. "They wondered how we survive up here when it's so cold! But besides that, they were really impressed.
"People commented how nice and quiet it is, and how clean Sachs Harbour is, and how pretty it is, because we're overlooking the beach and the ocean."
The visitors only made an afternoon stop — part of an 18-day expedition that began in Resolute, Nunavut, and will ultimately end in Anchorage, Alaska — but Wylie is hoping that the Quark Expeditions boat is a sign of more cruise ship traffic in the future.