Iqaluit Quick Facts
- Settled: 1942
- Population: Approx. 6800
- Largest city and territorial capital of the Canadian Territory of Nunavut.
Iqaluit, the largest city and capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, is a paradise where unspoiled landscapes, astonishing wildlife, prehistoric sightseeing and a fast-growing cosmopolitan community exist together. Its located on the southern tip Baffin Island and it was a traditional fishing spot for Inuit people for thousands of years – its name means ‘many fish’. It is situated in the Everett Mountains and has an arctic climate meaning that the cold winters don’t allow much tree growth here and it is comparable in temperature to places like Yellowknife, in western Canada.
Iqaluit promises an unforgettable travel experience on top of the world. After all, the city abounds with beautiful parklands, panoramic sceneries, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and historic sites. During the summer, there are many magnificent places to go hiking, fishing, camping and berry picking. For adventurous spirits, Iqaluit is a great place for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, river rafting, canoeing, kayaking, boating and kite skiing to name a few. The Iqaluit Airport is the primary means of travelling in and out of the town and its facilities are excellent. Buildings are mostly identified by number or landmark here and there aren’t many street signs due to there being no major roads! A local bit of fun, to satisfy tourists’ needs to take pictures under a road sign, can be found just outside the town on the ‘Road to Nowhere’! Check out our travel directory for Iqaluit at the top of this page for more information that may help with your stay.
Rich with traditional Inuit culture, you’ll be captivated as you tour the Nunatta Sunakkataangit Museum, Unikkaarvik Visitor Centre, and the local heritage site of Qaummaarvik Park. The Nunavut Legislative Assembly Building is adorned with the best Inuit art you will see anywhere. So visitors to Iqaluit will not be disappointed with its art and culture scene. Indeed many places in Iqaluit can arrange boat trips to take you to local heritage sites where you can often take a piece of Inuit handicraft home with you direct from the artisans. We recommend taking a guided tour of Iqaluit to see more of what it has to offer.
The town is surrounded by many parks and reserves for visitors to explore and perhaps take a tour to. The Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park Reserve has visitors centre that overlooks scenic waterfalls, tidal flats and fishing sites used by the traditional people of the area. Frobisher Bay, near the town, offers moderate hills for skiers and some glaciers and even summer camp sites. A highlight of the region is the spring festival known as Toonik Tyme and there is also the Alianait Music and Arts Festival in June every year.
Visit Iqaluit and enjoy all these attractions and more, capped with the pinnacle of small-town hospitality.