Living off the land and eating “country” (traditional) food are woven into the very fabric of being Inuit. Especially in the smaller communities, their lives still follow the Arctic’s seasons and the bounty provided by its land, water and sea ice. It's an important part of the culture and makes economic sense, too. Nearly all communities in Canada’s High Arctic are inaccessible by road or rail. This region has the highest costs of living in Canada. Everything, including people, fuel, food and vehicles, arrives by plane or sealift, making everyday items expensive. Country foods also have a much smaller environmental footprint than foods shipped thousands of kilometres to the far North.