"The Nunavut Capital" Iqaluit by jamiesno
Iqaluit Travel Guide: 63 reviews and 132 photos
I was fortunate to visit this far north destination for work attending a tradeshow called the Nunavut Tradeshow. It's a display of everything Canada's newest territory had to offer.
I even got to fly relatively direct with just one stop from Happy Valley - Goose Bay into Kuujjuaq, Quebec.
I spent an entire week there attending the tradeshow and exploring the town and nearby Apex. As you can see in the pictures it was the middle of winter but I wouldn't have enjoyed it any other way in such a northern destination!
Iqaluit (formerly Frobisher Bay) is Inuktitut for 'place of many fish'. It is located near the mouth of the Sylvia Grinnell River that empties into Frobisher Bay - named after Martin Frobisher who sailed into the bay in search of the Northwest Passage.
Frobisher believed that he had discovered gold on an island in the bay, but it was only fools gold that he took home to England.
I have to say for me Iqaluit was a great experience, despite living in a northern climate in Labrador there was still much to learn in this further north environment!
Ranging from government, to politics, to art, to culture and way of life! I hope you enjoy all my photos and tips on Iqaluit!
April 19, 2001 - Iqaluit receives it's Order of Official Status as a City
In December 1995 Iqaluit was selected by a plebcite of the residents of Nunavut to be the Capital of the new Territory. On April 19th 2001 Iqaluit received the order of City status making in the most northerly Capital City in Canada.
Although Iqaluit is the smallest Capital in Canada with only 6000 residents, it is the largest community in Nunavut, almost three times the size of the next largest Rankin Inlet, with 2200 people, and growing at a pace double that of Southern Canada. Iqaluit is a transportation hub for jet flights from our National Capital, Ottawa, Montreal, Yellowknife, Rankin Inlet and Greenland, as well as daily services between other Nunavut communities.
Infrastructure and services found in other cities can also be found here, some may not be in the form that might be expected elsewhere but they are here just the same; services such as a Hospital, Legislative Assembly, College campus, International airport, walking trails, museum, visitor services, research facilities, hotels and restaurants, theatre, swimming pool, racquet club, curling and ice arenas. Also, as is the case in other Capital Cities, services, government and government agencies and industry groups representing the territory have offices located here. The City also has imagery and information services, Arts and Crafts, and other displays representative of many of the areas and special qualities of the Nunavut Territory.
- Pros:The Inuit people and remoteness.
- Cons:Very expensive to travel to and stay in Iqaluit.
- In a nutshell:I challenge you to try your best to experience such remote towns! It's worth the effort!
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