Wasaya Airways, which Will flew for in Northern Ontario, had one freight plane with the large rear door for carrying heavy machinery. You could drive a small bulldozer right up into the back of the plane.
Once or twice Will got to take this plane on a longer flight to deliver equipment to far Northern Quebec and to Nunavut. A big adventure and a long flight! That's Will flying in the picture above.
It's a bleak landscape with very small settlements that were few and far between.
They were flying to Quaqtaq, on the outer point of the western side of Ungava Bay, which extends south into Quebec off Hudson Strait. Baffin Island is on the other side.
Lots of ice flows still in the bay, but this plane was landing at the gravel airstrip.
Will must have got out to look around at least a little, since this was one of his photos from the trip.
'Quaqtaq', how's that for a name with three 'Q's! It's an Inuit community.
Parts of the country most of us will never see. He was lucky to get that amount of traveling in.ReplyDelete
The photos are awesome, the views are wonderful, not many people get to see those remote areas:)ReplyDelete
That must have been an exciting trip. We took several trips to the north, but never that far. We did camp at Kugluktuk (Coppermine) and saw the ice pack heading into Cambridge Bay. A taxi took us out to see Muskox. Those are trips I'll never forget. - MargyReplyDelete
I spent two years in northern Quebec at Wakeham Bay. It took 12 hours to go from Montreal to Wakeham Bay. Again , you bring back memories and it's good that you can share these memories about your son.ReplyDelete
Isolation in the utmost, and I'm sure the sight of Will's plane coming in with supplies was so welcome. Places that most will never see, or hear about,ReplyDelete
The view from up high is absolutely amazing!ReplyDelete
Amazing photos of such beautiful country. And the skull.....ReplyDelete
Your son lived a very interesting life.ReplyDelete
I am struggling to juggle various things at the moment, including blogging, but have just looked through your recent posts, capturing parts of your son's life with his amazing photographs. What stunning scenes and places he saw, experiences which few of us will ever have. And achieving your dream job - something normally reserved for the likes of Macca! It is so brave of you to share this; but you must be incredibly proud of him. Even so, reading your posts, learning a tiny fraction of this wonderful young man, thinking of what you must be going through, moved me more than I can say. Time with those we love is so precious; and such a privilege. Puts everything else into perspective.ReplyDelete
Reminded me a bit of a TV series I am in the habit of watching called, 'Ice Pilots' Northwest Territories. Will sure lived a challenging, fulfilling & exciting life.ReplyDelete
What an interesting look into a part of the world I know little to nothing about. And that name with three Qs, that's amazing! :-)ReplyDelete
I have just checked in on your blog after a couple of weeks absence, only to learn of the tragic loss of your amazing son Will. My heart breaks for your great loss. What a consolation it must be to have all these memories, as well as the photographs to accompany them. May you find peace and comfort in the love that surrounds you.ReplyDelete
Lovely photos. Warm greetings from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. :)ReplyDelete
Wonderful photos ! Many dont get to see this kind of scenery . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !ReplyDelete