About Iqaluit

Capital of Nunavut. Hub of Arctic Transportation.

Meaning: Places of many fish

Population: 6,200

Iqaluit Drum DancerThe capital of Nunavut is located on Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island. A legacy of the fact that the community was originally a military airbase built during WWII is that the Iqaluit International Airport is the nexus of a thriving air passenger and cargo industry. Since being named the capital, infrastructure has grown at an amazing rate.Iqaluit offers all of the modern conveniences you could need, from fine dining to shopping, as well as cultural experiences and outdoor adventures. The best place to start off is the Unikkaarvik Regional Visitor’s Centre, which will acquaint you with all the attractions Iqaluit has to offer. In town, visit Nunavut’s Legislative Assembly for architecture that is sure to impress. View the permanent exhibit of Inuit sculpture, prints and artifacts at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum. Or shop to your hearts content for specialty art and jewelry, traditional clothing and colourful parkas. Just outside the city you will find a wealth of natural attractions. The picturesque Sylvia Grinnell River is just a 30-minute, one kilometre walk from Iqaluit, where you’ll find Thule archaeological sites, a variety of rare plants, several species of wildlife and some 40 species of birds. The river is a great spot to catch arctic char and the falls make a beautiful backdrop for a picnic. stop - inuktitutLocal outfitters offer a wide variety of trips to the Qaummaarviit Territorial Historic Park, which is rich in archeological artifacts dating back to the Thule culture. On-site interpretation and a snack are often included. Iqaluit also hosts a number of festivals and activities. The Snow Challenge is a snowmobile race from Iqaluit to Kimmirut and back that takes place in March. In April, celebrate the spring at Toonik Tyme, a weeklong festival of traditional Inuit activities. In June, enjoy the Nunavut Arts Festival, and Alianait!, the newly formed multicultural arts festival that a variety of film events, art displays, theatre productions, and concerts. July hosts both Canada Day and Nunavut Day celebrations.
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