Arctic Voices

Arctic Gardens Ebook - Chapter Four: Those Who Come for Business and Pleasure

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There were thousands and thousands of caribou passing through, and it was literally at that moment that I questioned, “I wonder where my son will ever have the opportunity to bring his children and have a similar experience?” -Dirk Nickish, bush pilot from Coldfoot, Alaska

Chapter Four: Those Who Come for Business and Pleasure

Each year, droves of people come to the Arctic to hunt, fish, raft, and backpack. We have interviewed these visitors, and those who guide and fly them, to get varied perspectives on the tourism industry in the Arctic. Since these people return in most cases to the “Lower 48” and southern Canada, the opinions they take home with them are particularly influential in the political decisions made about this vast land.

Biologist Geoff Carroll and team in northwest Alaska

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