There is so much to do in Iqaluit!
We have scheduled a few special tours for delegates that you can sign up for at the time of your registration. If you prefer to explore all our capital city has to offer on your own, scroll below for details.
EMMC Special Tours
You are able to register for these tours through the registration form. Registration is mandatory to attend any of these tours.
|Saturday, August 11, 2018||Tour Available||Price|
2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
|Join our professional guides as we tour you around a City with a unique and amazing history. You'll get photo opportunities at the world famous Hudson Bay Buildings and hopefully stop for some shopping to find the perfect souvenir to take home.
Pick up at Frobisher Inn at 2:30 p.m.
Pick up at Capital Suites at 2:40 p.m.
Pick up at the Discovery at 2:50 p.m.
|Sunday, August 12, 2018||Tours Available||Price|
|Power Plant Tour
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 AM
Hosted by Qulliq Energy Corporation get a tour of Iqaluit's power generation station to see the infrastructure required to power a modern Arctic City.
Pick up at the Discovery at 8:30 a.m.
|Lunch At Sylvia Grinnell Park
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
|Join other delegates at the Park pavilion for a BBQ lunch with a view! Overlooking the Sylvia Grinnell River's rapids this is a great fishing spot for residents of Iqaluit. Hike the beautiful trails and get some photos to remember your day "on the land.”
Bus pick up from all hotels at 11:30 - please be in your hotel lobby for 11:30.
Ministers' Only Airport - Town Tour
|If you're a Minister, partake in our special tour that will take you from the airport through town that includes a historial overview of our fascinating City. Meet the tour at the luggage area of the airport. You will be take to your hotel following the end of the tour. (** Open only to Ministers)||$50|
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Join our professional guides as we tour you around a City with a unique and amazing history. You'll get photo opportunities at the world famous Hudson Bay Buildings and hopefully stop for some shopping to find the perfect souvenir to take home. Tour departs from the hotel lobbies.
Pick up at Frobisher Inn at 2:30 p.m.
|Qaummaarviit Park Tour
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (TBC)
Join us for a special 3 hour tour in one of Nunavut's most amazing parks. This park is located 12 kilometres west of Iqaluit, near Peterhead Inlet on the small island of Qaummaarviit — which means ‘the place that shines' in Inuktitut. This beautiful park has archaeological artifacts dating back to the Thule culture that demonstrate the inventiveness and adaptability of this remarkable people. Your tour will be a trip back in time on this island, where you can see the remains of the sod houses getting a glimpse of ancient life for the Thule people.
Tour is approximately 3 hours in duration. Departure time to be determined based on tide schedules. You will be notified via email 24 hours before on the exact departure time.
Things to Do in Iqaluit
Some essential Iqaluit experiences:
Explore nearby Qaumaarviit Territorial Park and learn about the thousands of years of local Inuit history.
Hike through beautiful Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park, located within the Iqaluit city limits only a 20-minute walk from the "four corners" crossroads in the centre of town.
Explore the vibrant arts scene: public carvings and graphics are incorporated into the buildings and landscape throughout the town, galleries display local and territorial arts and crafts, jewelry, and local made clothing. The Legislative Assembly incorporates Inuit motifs in its modern design and showcases Inuit treasures, and the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum curates displays of art representing artists throughout the Territory.
Iqaluit is an accessible destination and will give you an excellent taste of Nunavut's culture and history. Walking through the beautiful community you will be delighted with the stunning vistas of mountains and sea ice, and can catch a glimpse of what makes Nunavut so special.
The city is home to many famous Inuit artists, and their work can be found at several local galleries. Iqaluit's artists not only excel at traditional artmaking, but also draw inspiration from the influx of newcomers to the area, creating a truly modern and vibrant art scene.
There is much to see and do in the Nunavut capital. In and around Iqaluit, four territorial parks offer a variety of cultural and wildlife experiences for you. Historical buildings, such as the original Hudson's Bay Post on the shore in Apex are also within easy reach.
The City of Iqaluit is home to some excellent recreation facilities including the Arctic Winter Games Arena and the newly built Iqaluit Aquatic Centre. The Aquatic Centre provides an opportunity to maintain your fitness while visiting the capital by enjoying the pool or the robust exercise facility both available to visitors on a drop-in basis.
For the nature buffs, local outfitters can take you on an amazing experience "down the bay" and out to the floe edge where you will encounter whales, pods of seals, and perhaps even one or two wandering polar bear. The stark contrast of leaving a bustling community and finding yourself lulled by the silent breaths of a hard-working dog team will tug at your soul.
The history of Iqaluit is unique. While Inuit have lived, fished, and hunted in the area for millennia, the modern history of the city began with the establishment of the Iqaluit Airport - a part of the staging route for American aircraft being delivered to Europe during the Second World War. In Iqaluit, you can still see some of the remaining buildings left behind. Checking in with the Unikkaarvik Visitor's Centre will provide you with the latest up to date information on the various seasonal activities that are available. This centre is conveniently located next to the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum, allowing you to place this wonderful city in a historical context.
Iqaluit is a modern city with all the amenities you can expect from a city. You will find great cafes, restaurants and recreational activities to enjoy in your off hours. Be sure to check out our local stores for one of a kind souvenirs. Bring back some whale oil soap, or seal blubber lotion, walrus whisker earrings, soapstone carvings, prints or tapestries!