Legislative Assembly

Top choice in Iqaluit

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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Nearby Iqaluit attractions

1. Sculpture Garden

0.14 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…

2. St Jude's Igloo Cathedral

0.29 MILES

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. Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum

0.55 MILES

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

4. Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park

1.22 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…

5. Apex

2.78 MILES

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…

6. Qaummaarviit Territorial Park

5.41 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…