Must see attractions in Iqaluit

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    Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum

    This friendly little museum in an old Hudson's Bay Company building showcases an engaging permanent collection of traditional Inuit clothing, tools, children's toys, weaponry and methods of transport, including a full-size sealskin canoe, plus splendid soapstone and whalebone carvings. Upstairs are Thule artifacts (including some early snow-goggles) dating back hundreds of years.

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    Apex

    Located 5km from downtown, Apex is now Iqaluit's beach suburb, but was where nomadic Inuit began to settle when modern Iqaluit was an airbase. On the shore is the photogenic Hudson Bay Trading Post complex, dating back to 1949. It's a beautiful 40-minute walk along the waterfront from downtown; the trail starts at the Iqaluit cemetery. On the southeast side of Apex, two whale ribs by the tiny cemetery frame the tundra.

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    Legislative Assembly

    It's well worth taking an entertaining free tour (by appointment) of Nunavut's prefab parliament to learn about all manner of Inuit art displayed throughout the building, as well as about the chamber, with its aboriginal touches, such as the igloo-like interior, sealskin benches and seats for community elders. You'll encounter two maces: the diamond-tipped Working Mace and the original, made of narwhal tusk.

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    Qaummaarviit Territorial Park

    This tiny bay island is a 12km boat or snowmobile ride west of Iqaluit and preserves a 750-year-old Inuit (Thule) winter camp. You can see 11 well-preserved traditional sod houses and a grave site; a huge number of bones and hunting and household artifacts were found here, testifying to the site's significance for Thule hunters. It's a great half-day trip; to get there, contact Iqaluit outfitters.

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    St Jude's Igloo Cathedral

    This igloo-shaped Anglican cathedral was designed to reflect Inuit culture. This recent incarnation was built in 2012 to replace the 1972 original, burnt down in a 2005 arson fire, and is bright and airy inside, thanks to the skylight. Sunday services are held in both English (9:45am) and Inuktitut (11am).

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    Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park

    The viewpoint at this bleakly beautiful park, 2km southwest of town and divided by the river of the same name, overlooks the snow-flecked tundra and the rapids that Arctic char swim up. Various short paths (25 to 45 minutes one way) lead to a waterfall and escarpments.

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    Sculpture Garden

    There's an extensive range of mostly stone sculpture by local artists right near the post office, with northern themes well represented. Our favorite? A thuggish-looking Sedna (sea goddess) with raised fist and a raven made of scrap metal.