Day 7 - Watch how a traditional Inuit house is built

Building an Igloo is an extract from the film Through the North-West Passage 1940 - 1942 which documents the St. Roch's voyage through the Northwest Passage. As well as adopting Inuit clothing for their patrols in the Arctic, which we'll showcase in a few days, the RCMP learned how to build traditional Inuit houses.

"Once the crew secured St. Roch for the winter, the Mounties prepared for their patrols. Most patrols were protracted affairs, many lasting two to three months. The dog sled was their only means of travel, with large 16- to 18-foot sleds used on the "trail"...At night, the patrolling Mounties would then build themselves an igloo or snow house before stripping and climbing into their caribou-skin sleeping bags."

Arctic Workhorse: The RCMP Schooner St. Roch, James P. Delgado, 2003, p22

Visit the Vancouver Maritime Museum and the St. Roch today!

Film: VMM. Leonard McCann Archives. "Through the North-West Passage 1940-1942". Shot by Corporal F.S. Farrar.

Photo: VMM. Leonard McCann Archives. St. Roch Photograph Collection. "Building an Igloo". Item number HIOG-30-04. Duke Collection.

The original film was donated by Gordon Larsen in 1996 and we are very grateful for Doreen Riedel’s notes!