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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Nearby Iqaluit attractions

1. Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum

2.29 MILES

This friendly little museum in an old Hudson's Bay Company building showcases an engaging permanent collection of traditional Inuit clothing, tools,…

2. 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…

3. Sculpture Garden

2.64 MILES

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…

4. Legislative Assembly

2.78 MILES

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…

5. Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park

3.87 MILES

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…

6. Qaummaarviit Territorial Park

7.44 MILES

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…