13 Facts About Iqaluit

Iqaluit — It is small, it is cold, it is unique and fascinating – it is a different world… a unique culture, a world you’ve never experienced before. Much, much different from the rest of Canada. Experience what it feels like being so close to the North Pole. It is probably as close you can get. It is going to be an interesting experience, one you will never forget!

  1. Iqaluit is the capital city of Nunavut, one of Canada’s 3 territories. Amazingly, it is the only city in the entire territory – a giant mass of land. Residents are called Iqalummiut.
  2. Northern Lights (best time to go: October to February) It is one of the best places in the world to watch and experience the vibrant aurora borealis as the light up the night sky – must see! Best time is during the winter months.
  3. If Nunavut (the province) was a country, it would be the 15th biggest country in the world.
  4. The population of Iqaluit roughly around 7,745 people… the smallest capital city in Canada.
  5. Iqaluit means “many fish” in Inuktitut.
  6. Signs in Iqaluit are in both English and Inuktitut.
  7. Most roads here are not paved – so don’t bring your sports cars here.
  8. Due to its location, the city is very cold, and isolated from the rest of Canada. Almost everything is expensive because it has to be imported.
  9. Like most cities in Canada, before it was called Iqaluit, it used to be known as Frobisher Bay. This was changed in 1987.
  10. Founded by Nakasuk, Iqaluit officially became a city on April 19, 2001 – so it is one of the youngest cities in all of North America and Canada’s newest capital city.
  11. The population is mostly Inuit – over 65%.
  12. The Iqaluit Airport was built by the United States as a military air base during World War II.
  13. Summer months temperatures go up to 5 degrees and winter down as low as -30!


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