For most people, grabbing their wallets and driving to the grocery store is a quick and easy task. But for Sinead Meader, an indigenous woman living in Canada, it’s a two-day undertaking.
In a recent TikTok video, Meader shared her experience, and it’s definitely eye-opening.
In one short clip, she explained that she currently lives in the remote community of Beaver Creek in Yukon on the Canadian-Alaskan border.
The community is home to just over 90 people, and the nearest grocery store is located nearly 400 miles away.
Because of the distance, Meader can only make the trip every five to eight weeks and has to stockpile the items she needs.
After driving almost 400 miles to get to the supermarket, Meader said she often ends up spending the night. Since the area only gets around five hours of daylight during the winter, it’s sometimes dangerous to drive at night.
“Visibility is limited even in clear conditions. Animals can run into the road or you can break down. You may not see a car and you have no cell service. I have to go around 30mph in some areas,” she said.
She usually spends the night at a hotel, then makes the journey along the Alaskan Highway back to Beaver Creek in morning.
There’s also no cell service available during the five-hour journey.
In another video, Meader, who works as a nutritionist, showed what it was like picking up items in the supermarket. She said the prices are comparable to the rest of Canada, but they don’t get a lot of fresh produce.
At the end of the video, Meader said she spent 400 Canadian Dollars, but a typical trip sometimes cost closer to 1000 Canadian Dollars.
When it comes to life’s other necessities, Beaver Creek has a tiny elementary school, community center, and an emergency nurse. However, if someone requires serious medical attention, they’ll have to travel five hours to visit a hospital. The community also has one local convenience store but items are overpriced.
But despite the setbacks, Meader said she appreciates the beauty of her home.