A mosque destined for the Arctic is inching closer to its final home in Inuvik, N.W.T., having made it on time to the final barge of the year.
The truck transporting the mosque arrived late Thursday in Hay River, N.W.T., where it is expected to be put on the barge around 12 p.m. MT Friday and floated down the Mackenzie River to Inuvik.
Built by a Manitoba-based Islamic charity, the mosque has been on a long and challenging road journey since leaving Winnipeg on Sept. 1.
Had the mosque missed Friday’s barge, it would have had to wait until the river shipping season resumes in June.
“Thank God the mosque has arrived safely into Hay River. They arrived right before dark,” Hussain Guisti, who heads the Zubaidah Tallab Foundation that raised the money to build and ship the structure, told CBC News late Thursday.
“The worst is over, thank God, and it should be on the barge around noon.”
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