July 17th, 2015 | By Prisca Campbell
Special Events by the calendar month
Matthew Henson in 1910
February – Iqaluit celebrates Black History Month by displays of African and Caribbean Art in public places. Matthew Henson is arguably the most famous African-American Arctic explorer.
April – Toonik Tyme started in 1965, growing annually. Visitors can watch snowmobile races on sea ice; seal-skinning contests; and traditional Inuit games during the week long celebration of spring.
June – Alianait Arts Festival occurs in the last week in June. Music, storytelling, circus arts, dance, theatre and the visual arts are all on display.
July – July is a busy month in Iqaluit. The long summer days are essential to cram all the fun! Canada Day and Nunavut Day – celebrating the founding of the nation and the territory. During Canada’s Parks Day, Iqaluit celebrates traditional tea making, its Elders, story-telling and barbecuing, tattooing, and creepy bugs. A perfect summer day in a park. The Nunavut Arts Festival spotlights the city’s lively artistic community.
September – Run for a great cause through Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park as part of the national Terry Fox Run. Also in September is the Annual Nunavut Trade Show. Get to know the movers and shakers that drive the economy of Nunavut.
October – Iqaluit celebrates Halloween with a youth event. Costumes are welcome in the pubs and bars. Be careful of the haunted house.
December – Santa Clause parades through the streets of Iqaluit in early December, marking the beginning of the holiday season. The Qaumakuluit Decorating Contest is the reason Iqaluit lights up after dark during December. The last week in December the annual Christmas games – indoor and outdoor – occur. Musicians and square-dancing are activities for spectators.
January 29th, 2015 | By Prisca Campbell
Everyone here at Tour Iqaluit is looking forward to the 50th annual Toonik Tyme Festival. We’ve blocked off April 2 to 6, 2015 on our calendar. We’re polishing the vans, shining up the snowmobiles and dusting off our finest parkas.
We have affordable weekend getaways for visitors from the South
If your visitors fly up from Ottawa on April 3 and fly home on April 5, they will pay $1516 including taxes and fees per person. You know how much a flight from Ottawa normally costs. Well our price includes – yes, you read that right – includes 2 nights hotel lodging, airport transfers, and an orientation tour of Iqaluit. When we say affordable weekend getaway to Iqaluit- we mean affordable weekend getaway!
And optional activities during Toonik Tyme
Perhaps you do not have enough snowmobiles to take your visitors out on the land when they come? We have snowmobile packages that you can book online! You can book snowshoe adventures online too.
How long has it been since you’ve tried traditional dog-sledding? We have dog-sledding experiences that can be booked online as well.
We are open for business during the Toonik Tyme festival. We recommend, however, that you book your snowmobiles, snowshoeing or weekend getaway packages early. Space is limited during a special event like the 50th anniversary Toonik Tyme festival.
January 22nd, 2015 | By Prisca Campbell
There is a story circulating that an American has been sentenced for his role in a narwhal tusk smuggling ring. As we are in the business of showing travellers Arctic wildlife in their natural habitat, not surprisingly we support any effort to conserve and protect the whales. We also support the right of the North’s indigenous peoples to harvest Arctic mammals as they have for thousands of years.
What poachers see as a 9 foot long piece of ivory worth thousands of dollars is, in fact, a marvellous tool for sensing the environment through which the narwhal swim. A tusk is replete with millions of nerve endings. Science has confirmed what wizards believed for centuries, a narwhal tusk has magical properties. That aura of magic and mystery draw adventure travellers to Baffin Island, the narwhal capital of the world.
Did you know that a three-quarters of the world’s narwhal population summer in the Canadian Arctic?
Since 2000, an international collaboration with an interdisciplinary approach has been studying the tusk of the narwhal under the name Narwhal Tusk Research.
January 8th, 2015 | By Prisca Campbell
We have some adventurous suggestions for special occasions, because – admit it – your partner is already dropping hints that you should be making special arrangements for Valentine’s Weekend. Or are you planning to pop the question and want to do it style?
Adventurous special occasions and holiday weekends
How about a romantic dog sled ride through the snow. You can cuddle with your special someone. Sip hot chocolate afterwards or a glass of champagne!
Is there a milestone birthday coming up for the love of your life? Fly them to a glacier for an amazing thrill. Or snowshoe through Sylvia Grinnell with a guide.
Do you have guests coming for a long weekend, but not enough snowmobiles to take them all out for a run? We can help you out, if you tell us in advance.
Custom adventures can be arranged
We are Iqaluit based, so if there is an adventure you have been dreaming about, but didn’t know how to make it happen. Call us. We’ve been custom-designing Arctic adventures for more than 15 years.