Nunavut – the gateway to the mysterious world of the Arctic
Nunavut is a Canadian province disposed 3 hours drive from Ottawa, where more than half of the population are Inuit and where there are offered a huge variety of beautiful landscapes and activities for tourism. Here you can freely walk around the city or fish in a frozen lake, go to Greenland by boat or ride a dog sled. In the vast territory of Nunavut you can see all kinds of landscapes, from the long chain of mountains and to sea ice, lakes frozen for most of the year, rivers and vast plains covered with tundra.
With the exception of the tundra vegetation, the flora in Nunavut is quite rare, which cannot be said of the local fauna, which is distinguished by a wide variety of polar bears, caribou, wolves and even manatees. Although it is not a very well-known region for tourism, it offers unique activities such as hunting, excursions in a charming polar environment and much more. Here you can easily ride a boat, traveling from island to island and watching from distance of polar bears on drifting ice.
Take a fascinating journey to Nunavut, to the border of the North Pole!
The capital of the region is Iqaluit, just a name of which already brings images of icy open spaces and snow. This is the land of Eskimos and Inuit, who lead a difficult life in rhythm with nature. Initially, the city was named Frobisher Bay, and today it is the smallest capital in Canada, with a population of no more than 7,000 inhabitants.
Here you will open a new, exotic and quiet world, regulated by the laws of nature.
The history of the founding of the city dates back to 1576, by the time Martin Frobisher landed on its shores. But the official date of the founding of the city is 1942, when the territory was used by the Americans as an air base, thanks to its strategic position.
The first permanent settlers were Neykashek, who owns the status of the founders of the city. They also helped the first European settlers to adapt in this hostile natural environment.
Thanks to subsequent various activities, the city’s population began to grow and in 1957 it already reached 1,200 inhabitants, of which about half were Eskimos. Frobisher Bay was renamed in Iqaluit in 1987.
Despite the severe weather conditions, here you will undoubtedly find a definitely warm atmosphere both in summer and in winter, because the peculiarity of the region is human relations, different from those in big cities, because extreme conditions contribute to the development of greater spirituality among people.
During the year, the city is revitalized by some festivals, among which is Toonik Tyme, announcing the arrival of spring by a series of events, such as concerts, shows and festivals of music and arts.
The architecture of the city does not represent anything special, because everything is built in accordance with the effective functionality.