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Iqaluit in December

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Iqaluit in December

It will be my first time up north. Any easy way to see some wildlife or the landscapes at this time of year? Also, any good places to try traditional Inuit food or learn about the culture?

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1. Re: Iqaluit in December

Hi Polar (ironic name for a poster who has never been north!)

There is musk ox and char offered here and there on menus.. No caribou these days as the harvest is on hold. Water's Edge at the Nova makes some good stuff with northern food. The Frob's restaurant (Frobisher Inn - lots of short forms in Iqaluit) usually has musk ox and char too. Discovery Lodge usually has something on its menu too...but more expensive I find than other places and not any better quality.

There is a small decent museum in town and I recommend a trip to the "'leg" (as in legislative assembly).

There are often fesitvals and feasts around that time so just ask around and read the news papers.

Wildlife? Well unless you chance upon something, your only bet is to hire a guide. I think Nunavut Tourism has some listed.

You can pick up northern food at Iqaluit Enterprises. Small retail place run locally (number is in the phone book). Maktaq (whale fat), Char, sometimes seal etc can be had too. The owner makes some fantastic smoked fish right in house.

Enjoy your trip and dress warm!

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2. Re: Iqaluit in December

Hi PolarBear777,


Sounds like a great adventure… for your info, Environment Canada Weather Averages for December are as follows:


DAILY MAX = -18.5 C

DAILY MIN = -26.9 C

EXTREME MAX = 3.4 C = December 29, 2001

EXTREME MIN = -43.4 C = December 30, 1993

Environment Canada – Iqualuit Averages = …weatheroffice.gc.ca/climate_normals/… OR http://tinyurl.com/EnvCan-IqaluitAverages

Lol, be sure and pack your woollies !!



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Thanks to both of you for the information!

In terms of wildlife, how easy is it at that time of year to visit Sylvia Grinnell Park?

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4. Re: Iqaluit in December

Don't forget that there won't be very many hours of daylight in Iqaluit in December (about 6 or 7, according to google - and I imagine that many of them are not that bright, due to the low angle of the sun.)

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5. Re: Iqaluit in December

You won't get much light, you might be able to see arctic hares or foxes close to town, but don't bet on it. Its really cold at that time of year too.

If you want authentic country food, you can usually get some from Iqaluit Eenterprise, they often have mattaaq (whale skin), smoked char, turbot and sometime shrimp and caribou. Best way to eat everything except the turbot is frozen.

The stuff in the restaurants are good but sounds like you are looking for something more traditional. You might want to contact an outfitter to take you out for a day trip by snowmobile or dog sled.

I recommend a visit to the museum and visitors centre and check out the Christmas games if you are here when they are on. You'll see a lot of fun or funny games and get a chance to interact with the community.

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