Janice and Greg own a small chain of restaurants called Tonimoes (pronounced Tony Moe’s) in Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. They might be our most northerly Soup-er fans, and we wanted to share their story with you! Here is Janice’s story.

Choosing a Vegetarian Diet in the Far North

We live almost as far north as you can go in Canada, at the end of the road north of the Arctic Circle, in a small place called Inuvik in the Northwest Territories (population 3500).

Due to our northern location, Inuvik experiences an average of 56 days of continuous sunlight every summer and 30 days of polar night every winter. Life is an adventure up here – especially for a vegetarian!!!

MacKenzie Hotel and Tonimoes Restaurant.

MacKenzie Hotel and Tonimoes Restaurant, Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Photo courtesy of Colin Mackenzie. (Link below.)

My husband owns a small chain of restaurants named Tonimoes here, and he loves Souptacular soup. Whenever I fly home to Edmonton to visit family, I fill my suitcase full of your soup so we can enjoy them all the way up here.

Being a vegetarian in the far north can be a major problem, as the cost and quality of fresh produce is crazy.  Having the restaurant is a definite perk, with all the veggies going through there, and the wonderful chefs that like to experiment and make me veggie dishes.

In addition, the protein found in Souptacular soups is important to me! But this is your soup, I don’t have to tell you how wonderful it is,  you already know! 🙂

Thank you for your wonderful story, Janice! We know that maintaining a vegetarian lifestyle can be a challenge no matter where you live, and we appreciate how difficult it must be in your neck of the woods! We are so glad that Souptacular can help.


Are you a vegetarian with a Souptacular story or recipe? Share it with us! We love to inspire you, and to help you inspire others.

Feature photo courtesy of Colin Mackenzie.