Special Events

Iqaluit offers a wide variety of programs and recreational activities for people of all ages. There are many sports groups, leisure clubs, special interest groups, programs and service organizations to appeal to everyone.

The City of Iqaluit Recreation Department organizes many special community events throughout the year that will be uploaded to the events calendar. 



Stay tuned for the amazing Canada Day festivities that are happening in 2017, in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday!

Community Events 2015-2016

Volunteer Appreciation Reception

• June 4

This event is an opportunity for the City of Iqaluit to recognize community groups and individuals who volunteer their time to make Iqaluit a great place to live. Certificates of appreciation are given out to organizations and awards are presented for outstanding volunteers and organizations. Location: Sylvia Grinnell Pavillion/


2016 Elders’ Gathering

• August 15-19

This year the annual Elder’s Gathering will be hosted in Iqaluit. Elders from across Nunavut and Nunavik will come together to share stories and experiences. Activities will include feasts, on the land events, crafts, a fashion show, and much more.


Canada Day Festivities

• July 1

Come out and celebrate our nation’s birthday on July 1st with music, games, food and friends. The day begins with a pancake breakfast followed by the Canada Day Parade. Afternoon activities include a civic ceremony, children’s games and musical entertainment.  To volunteer or for more information, call (867) 975-8508. Locations: AWG Arena & Nakasuk School field


Mass Registration

• September 12

This event is a chance for everyone to come out and see what Iqaluit has to offer! In September, Iqaluit’s clubs and community organizations gather under one roof to showcase what they’re all about and take registration for fall and winter programs.

For more information or to book a table for your organization, call (867) 979-5627



• October 31

Spook-a-Rama is the most popular teen event in Iqaluit. Each year teens aged 13-18 dress up for this drug and alcohol free dance on Halloween night for a haunting evening of dancing and games. Teens meet at various locations around town and are then driven by bus to a secret location! To volunteer or for more information, call (867) 979-5620.


Santa Claus Parade

• December 10

The annual Santa Claus Parade takes place at the beginning of December. Each year, the Recreation Department encourages businesses, organizations and individuals to show their community spirit by joining Santa in the parade. This is a great opportunity to put smiles on kids’ faces, and prizes are awarded for the best parade entries. Following the parade, kids can warm up with some hot chocolate and enjoy a visit with Santa. To register for the parade, to volunteer or for more information, call (867) 979-5627.


Qaumakuluit Light Decorating Contest

• December 15

This annual light decorating contest is a great way for Iqaluit residents to show their festive spirit and brighten up the City over the holidays. Prizes are awarded to the best and brightest entries. To register for the contest or for more information, call (867) 979-5627.


Christmas Games

• December 23-January 1

This is an action-packed week of fun, traditional dancing and games that takes place over the Christmas holidays. Look for schedules and information posted around town. Volunteers are needed to make these events possible. You can find the schedule here. To volunteer or for more information, call Brittany Masson at (867) 975-8508.



Brittany Masson- Recreation Program Coordinator
email: b.masson@city.iqaluit.nu.ca
phone: (867) 975-8508 

Kevan Nelson - Recreation Programmer
email: k.nelson@city.iqaluit.nu.ca
phone: (867) 979-5627