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Inuvik, Northwest Territories Photo Album

Inuvik, NWT Photos

Inuvik's famous "Igloo Church", Our Lady of Victory, is one of the iconic structures of the Canadian North. It was designed by Brother Maurice Larocque, an Oblate missionary from Quebec who arrived in 1958 after a call from Inuvik's parish priest, Father Jules Adam. Although he had only a 5th Grade education, he came up with a unique way to deal with the shifting permafrost - the church sits on a concrete saucer on a 3-foot-thick bed of gravel rather than a conventional foundation.

This photograph is © 2011 by Murray Lundberg, and is not to be copied without express permission.
Igloo Church, Inuvik, NWT