Iqaluit, NunavutPhoto: Nunavut Tourism

Iqaluit is the only Canadian capital that isn't connected to other settlements by a highway so you won't be able to take your RV there. Located on an island remote from the Canadian highway system, Iqaluit is generally only accessible by aircraft and, subject to ice conditions, by boat. But it's still a very worthwhile detour from your motorhome road trip!

Iqaluit is the territorial capital and the largest community of Nunavut. Located on the south coast of Baffin Island at the head of Frobisher Bay, it has about 7000 people. it has the lowest population of any capital city in Canada - but is the fastest-growing. The Inuktitut translation of Nunavut’s capital, Iqaluit, is "the place of many fish."

Iqaluit has no public transportation, although there is city-wide taxi service. There are few cars -  snowmobiles are the preferred form of personal transportation.

Iqaluit has a typically Arctic climate, although it is well outside the Arctic Circle, with very cold winters and short summers that are too cool to permit the growth of trees.

Spring is a great time to visit for dogsledding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Visit in April to get a taste for local culture with Toonik Tyme, Nunavut’s biggest spring festival celebrating the return of spring. In the summer you can take wildlife viewing boat tours and historical tours.


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