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Practical information about living in the Northwest Territories.

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Ali's Story - Inuvik

Since I came to Canada from Pakistan in 2001, I always wanted to move to the territories. In my free time, I would read about the North and got to know about the NWT. After years of searching for the right job, I was selected to be the manager of the Capital Suites Property in Inuvik and moved here from Toronto in late January 2008. By the end of January there is 6 or 7 hours of daylight a day, and I didn’t find the adjustment hard at all.

My job includes the day-to-day hotel operation, including human resources, marketing and accounting. I make sure that the hotel is at a first-class standard to attract more/new guests. I am also a board member of Inuvik Chamber of Commerce and attend meetings to keep myself, and the company, up to date about any developments in the community.

I live here with my wife Attiya and she loves the NWT as well. We both have a keen interest in travelling and wildlife. Whenever we can we go to see the spectacular nature that the NWT has to offer. Last summer we drove to Anchorage, Alaska, which was a 30 -hour drive one-way. It was a fun-filled adventure and incredibly beautiful.

Life here is not as fast paced as in bigger cities in southern Canada. You don’t waste your time being stuck in traffic or commuting to work. There are a variety of opportunities in the North, both in the private and government sectors that probably would not be available in southern Canada due to competition. I feel that I am fortunate to live in the NWT and I look forward to further advancement in my profession.

I like to meet new people and network. Being in the NWT and especially being involved in the hospitality business, I meet a lot of new people and learn about the northern culture and traditions. It is easy to meet people here, get involved in the community and make a difference.