Day-to-day functions that are taken for granted elsewhere become extraordinary achievements at the most northerly permanently inhabited place in the world.

Canadian Forces Station Alert is many things to many people: a signals-intelligence listening post, a geolocation facility, a weather station and climate-change monitoring post, a search-and-rescue base, a cold-weather campus for Arctic researchers and explorers and an assertion of Canadian sovereignty at the polar limits of nationhood.

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