I'm planning/toying with the idea of a week long trip to Iqaluit. Figuring out how much I would need to reserve for various parts of the trip. Transportation, lodging and activities aside, there is food!
Typically, I spend about $40-100 per person on food when travelling in Quebec, United States, Europe. Depends of course on local pricing, how often we eat in restaurants vs cooking ourselves, and so on.
Judging by my research, it's a bit of a painful topic, in that cost of food in Nunavut is much higher than elsewhere in Canada. After looking at menus of Frobisher Inn and Waters’ Edge it seems the prices are ~50-100% higher than what I would expect from a "fancy, but not excessive" restaurant in Toronto. Could not find menus with prices from more casual places, but I doubt the Yummy Shawarma is going to cost me $6 like it does in a joint near my office. Looks like I'm not going to be eating out every day :)
If I extrapolate the 50-100% increase on my typical travel food spending, that would be up to $200 per person per day, which frankly, sounds crazy.
This page has photos from grocery store shelves that make me cringe huffingtonpost.ca/2014/12/15/nunavut-by-the-… but I'm guessing they selected the most cringe-worthy ones, right?
So are the examples in that page typical or just the outrageous ones? 'Cause it almost makes me consider packing my food "to-go". In particular with fresh veggies, what are the costs and how consistent is the selection?
On a semi-related note, relating to alcohol, I read that Nunavut banned European imports. If I were to bring a few bottles of nice Italian/French wine, or Portuguese port to give to my host (I'm planning to stay in a private rental), tour guides, etc as gifts would they think it's cool, or would they take offence? I find token gifts like that can be a great ice breaker, but if the residents mostly agree with their government's stance on European products, I would not want to offend them, and stick to something from outside of Europe.