Iqaluit Travel Guide

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Iqaluit Things to Do

  • The Nunavut Trade Show

    If you want to visit Iqaluit during a time when there is a lot of activity and visitors from all other regions of Nunavut I highly recommend the Nunavut Tradeshow that is held in Iqaluit.There are exhibitors from many of the other regions, businesses, local organizations and artist. There is entertainment, I really enjoyed the traditional drum...

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  • Apex Inukshuks

    If you go off the beaten path and visit Apex go to the far end of this small community and on the side of the mountain you will find dozens of Inukshuks everywhere on the mountain.It is a great place to get some great pictures and I recommend you taking the time to go over to Apex and enjoy these sights.

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  • Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum

    Set on Iqaluit's beachfront right next to the Unikkaarvik Visitors Centre. The town's Museum Society was formed in 1969 to ensure that a small collection of Baffin Island historical artifacts would remain in the Eastern Arctic. The collection was displayed sporadically in locations like the liquor warehouse and the library. It found a permanent...

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  • Drum Dancers

    Like throat singing, drum dancing is equally as impressive. I have been fortunate enough to enjoy this now on a couple of occassions. I have a theory that the further north you go in Canada the more authentic drum dancing experience you will find.For centuries, the beating of the drum has signalled the gathering of Inuit. The drum in the North, is...

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  • Throat Singing

    Throat singing is a must see if you are in Iqaluit. It is like a competition between two singers to sing the longest. Usually between two ladies who each face each other. I was able to witness this at the Nunavut Trade Show and it is a great cultural thing to witness.Katadjak?, or throat-singing, is a form of vocal-verbal art common to many (but...

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  • Council Chambers

    I have already highlighted the territorial legislature, but if your interested in municipal city politics you can check out the Iqaluit council chambers at the town hall.I have the web site for the city and a picture of the council chambers. Enjoy your stay!!

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Iqaluit Hotels

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Iqaluit Restaurants

  • Same Place; Different Colour

    Still a great place for easy fastfood, but the appearance has changed. It brunt down in a fire a couple years ago and was rebulit. It's now a lot smaller and green.It's expensive but welcome to Iqaluit, its expensive here so good luck finding a decently priced meal.

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  • The Fantasy Palace

    The Fantasy Palace is a nicely decorated cafe with fresh coffee, pastries and ice cream. It is a great little place and very popular. The locals will tell you the cafe's original owner made the place famous for her daily display of her belly button and the place is often referred to as the belly button cafe. The Ice Cream was very fresh.

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  • Something Familiar?

    If your in the mood for fast food or something you are familiar with Subway is located in the downtown area with another little spot called Paddy's.Food and meals in Iqaluit is a little expensive and in places like this you can keep your cost down a little if you are on a tight budget. I had the classic breakfast at Paddy's and it was fine.

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  • Great Chinese Buffet

    I tried the Navigator Inn on a Friday and the Chinese buffet was excellent. I would highly recommend.It seemed to be a very popular place as well in Iqaluit.The Navigator Inn is also a strategically placed hotel but I can't offer any comments on the quality or price of the rooms.

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  • The Snack

    If you are in the mood for some simple but good take out food and can try the Snack. You will notice there are a lot of french people in Iqaluit and thus the poutine also looked great at this place. Double Meat Cheese Burger

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  • Local cuisine with EXCELLENT service!

    Local dishes (caribou stew, muqtuq) are a big pleaser at this restuarant, though you can plan on paying quite a bit for the delacacies. The service is exceptional, especially if you're lucky enough to get Kathy or Glenn as your servers. Non smoking, low lit, and the place in Iqlauit for fine dining. I have sinple tastes, so I'm gonna go with the...

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Iqaluit Nightlife

  • The Royal Canadian Legion

    The Royal Canadian Legion is one of the more popular night spots in Iqaluit.Two rules that I learnt about are don't take any pictures within the Legion and to get into the Legion you need to be signed in by a local member of the club so it takes a little more creativity but they say it is worth it and the Iqaluit Legion is one of the most...

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  • The Store House

    The Store House is a brand new night club located within the Frobisher Inn. It really is a nice spot and there is no smoking in the place which I enjoyed. There are pool tables, televisions, a great relaxing area with a fire place and lots of security that keep the place civil.There was actually a line up at this place every night of the week I was...

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  • P-A-R-T-Y!!!!!!

    I know what you're thinking....'But it's a LEGION!!'....and that's what I said too. But for those who are living in a town without a dance bar, they turned the largest drinking establishment into just that! On Friday and Saturday nights, the Legion is as packed, hopping, and enjoyable as even the most popular city clubs anywhere I've seen! Believe...

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Iqaluit Transportation

  • First Air, Canadian North and Air Canada

    There are no roads or railways coming into Nunavut, so the only way to get in and out is by air. There are three airlines to choose from and those are Canadian North, First Air and Air Canada.To get to Iqaluit you have to go through either Ottawa or Montreal. Like everything else up here, the airfare is not cheap. Depending on when you book, expect...

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  • Taxi

    Iqaluit doesn't have public transit service anymore. What we do have (in great abundance) are taxis. Taxis in Iqaluit don't use meters, instead they charge a flat rate of $6.00 per person. Normally they're pretty fast, but don't be surprised if the cabbie picks up other people along the way. This is common practice up here, you get used to it.

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  • The Yellow Submarine!

    The Iqaluit Airport is often affectionately known as the yellow submarine, Iqaluit's busy canary yellow air terminal built in 1990 is positioned almost exactly halfway between Hollywood and Europe. Its runway has seen more movie stars than any other patch of real estate in the North.The runway is also 3000 metres and an alternate landing point for...

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Iqaluit Shopping

  • Northern Country Arts

    The Northern Country Arts Gallery is probably the finest in Iqaluit when it comes to the quality and detail of the carvings.The gallery is well displayed and there is a lot of variety. A traditional Inuit stone carving.In the picture you will also see an immaculate polar bear rug if you have the budget! Carvings depending on their size and your...

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  • An Ajagaak: Traditional Inuit Game

    An AJAGAAK is a string about 5-6 inches long attached to a bone from a bearded seal or any bone with one or more holes in it. At the other end of the string is a small bone tip about 2-3 inches long. The object of the game is to hold the one tip in one hand and swing the gone into the air trying to spear the hold in the bone with the bone...

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  • Buy Carvings Direct!

    If you are planning to buy a traditional stone carving while you are in Iqaluit you will get the best price if you buy direct from the carver and you don't have to worry about finding the carvers, they will find you around the hotel. Some ideas include a stone walrus, seal, bear, birds, bears, or an Inuk. The prices varies based on your budget...

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Iqaluit Local Customs

  • Local Houses

    You will notice throughout Iqaluit that all the houses are built on stilts. It is very common and I have provided a picture to explain.All the building contractors are forced to used this method because of the permafrost.Permanently frozen subsoil, occurring throughout the Polar Regions and locally in perennially frigid areas.If a regular type...

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  • Local Carvers

    If you are walking through some quiet streets and all of a sudden you hear these loud grinding noises it is most likely a local carver. The newer generation use power tools to do a lot of their carvers, where one time it was once done by hand.It is a rare cultural experience to follow that noise and watch a carving actualy being made. These carver...

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Iqaluit Warnings and Dangers

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    by Gina867 Written Mar 16, 2003

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    Most people come prepared for the cold.....but be very aware that it is a different kind of cold than you're used to. There are often 30 second frostbite warnings on cold winter days, and a regular winter jacket won't protect you from that. It is important to have something that will cover your face, ears, neck, and hands. And body part left exposed has the potential to be frostbitten while just waiting for a cab, for example.

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Iqaluit Tourist Traps

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    by Gina867 Written Mar 16, 2003

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    Plenty of people go up North in search of one-of-a-kind carvings, and there are some amazing ones. However, I have seen more than a few people pay 2, sometimes even 3 times as much as the item was worth. The locals are very familiar with selling their wares, exactly where to do it, who to ask if they're interested, and what time of day makes them the most money. This is not to say that many of the crafts aren't worth the money, because plenty require skills, materials, and time that most people do not have. However, prices are terribly inflated when in comes to obvious tourists and supper hour.

    Unique Suggestions: Selling/buying Inuit crafts in Iqaluit is almost like a script. Once you examine the piece, ask how much it is. If you consider the price to be unreasonable, make an offer; the seller will usually make their rounds, and if no one will pay the asking price, they will almost always return to you and accept your offer. (Be prepared to hand over the cash right there and then....you'll have a hard time finding a carver who accepts cheques, or who will even wait more than a few minutes for cash before moving on.)

    Fun Alternatives: The best way to avoid being taken for a lot of money is to buy your souveniers in the presence of a local resident who is more familiar with the regular price range of the item in question. Most carvers won't try to fleece you if there is someone with you who knows you're getting ripped off. Ask waiters, cab drivers, anyone in your immediate area, 'What would you pay for this,' and you'll get an accurate ballpark figure at the least.
    Also, try to avoid buying souveniers in the morning or early afternoon (unless you see something you just HAVE to have). The later in the day, the more anxious carvers are to sell, and the more willing they are to make a deal.

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Iqaluit Off The Beaten Path

  • Tarr Inlet Trail

    The Tarr Inlet trail is a four or five hour hike looping past the old dump at Apex. It's not a strenuous trip but the terrain is rocky and uneven.The trail is marked by a series of Inuksuit and follws an ancient raised beach around Tarr Inlet a tidal estuary of Koojeese Inlet. Or follow the rolling landscape to the west the halfway point is Rotary...

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  • Apex

    Apex is a small community just a few kilometers away from Iqaluit. You can walk there via the road, get a taxi or I recommend walking the trail that follows the shoreline. From there you will see the best views. On the day of my trek I encountered some ravens, sea gulls, a dog team, some pet husky dogs and a cross country skier.After the fact I was...

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  • Hudson Bay Company Buildings

    In the nearby community of Apex you will find some old Hudson Bay Company buildings.Relocating from Ward Inlet in 1943, the Hudson Bay Company set up a post in Niaqunngut, now called Apex, a few kilomtres from present day Iqaluit. Some of the original buildings are still in good shape, standing low on the rocky coast right next to the shore. Picnic...

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Iqaluit Favorites

  • Legislative Assembly Tip #3

    The caribou and narwhale represent the life giving land and seas of Nunavut. Also pictured is the North Star, symbolizing the constant guidance of the elders. The seal oil lamp or qulliq stands for community and family. The crowned igloo brings together Inuit tradition with the symbol of Nunavut's place in modern Canada. The territorial motto...

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  • St. Jude's Anglican Cathedral

    The cathedral stands out and is like a local landmark. You will see it very easily right in the centre of Iqaluit.The congregation themselves built this white shingled igloo shaped church. The interior of St. Jude's is warm and inviting bedecked with seal skin and colourful duffel wall hangings depicting community life. The pulpit is simply a...

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  • Unique Character

    There is a local person in Iqaluit that likes to dress up as cartoon characters and is often in a mask, possibly a cape and has music playing lots of the time.As far as I know he is harmless and when you come across him while walking throughout Iqaluit it offers a little bit of humor to your day.Iqaluit remember is not that big and if you explore...

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