"Iqaluit - Place of Many Fish" Iqaluit by arcticboy
Iqaluit Travel Guide: 63 reviews and 132 photos
If anything, Iqaluit is unique. It's rough around the edges and has all the trademarks of a frontier town on the edge of the world. It's primarily an administrative city for the newly created Government of Nunavut, so if you're looking to get the authentic Inuit experience, Iqaluit might not be the best place for that.
It is a diverse city compared to the rest of the communities in Nunavut. Walking down the main stretch downtown, you can hear people talking in Inuktitut, English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Korean, Filipino, Portugese among others. I've met people up here that have immigrated directly to Iqaluit from such far off places as Chad, Peru, and Lebanon. Most of the non-Inuit seem to come from Newfoundland and Quebec though, and almost always the motivation for being here is the promise of high northern wages. This causes some tension with the Inuit, which make up 60% of the city as it's generally felt that the southerners that come up here take as much as they can and don't actually contribute much to the community.
Iqaluit, formerly known as Frobisher Bay was originally established as a recognized community in 1942 as an American Airbase, but the Inuit had long used the area as a fishing spot (hence the name Iqaluit, which means "place of many fish" in Inuktitut). The Hudsons Bay Company established a trading post in nearby Apex in 1949 and a Distant Early Warning site was built in the 1950s. The American military left in 1963 and the Canadian government started investing in building physical infrastructure in the community. In 1995, Iqaluit was selected as the capital of Nunavut following the signing of the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement in 1993.
Iqaluit doesn't have public transit service anymore. What we do have (in great abundance) are taxis. Taxis in Iqaluit... more travel advice
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