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.

Community Events 2019

Winter Break Day Camp

February 18-22, 2019

A fun filled week of crafts, games, baking, skating, swimming and other activities for children aged 6-12. Registration for this event has now closed.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2018

St. Jean Baptiste Day

June 24, 2018

Canada Day

July 1, 2018


Elders’ Gathering

• August 25-31, 2019 (Date to be confirmed)

This year the annual Elder’s Gathering will be hosted in Sanikiluaq. 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. Contact j.mccracken@city.iqaluit.nu.ca for more information.


Mass Registration

• September 7th 2019

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. This year's mass registration will be held at the Iqaluit Curling Rink on September 8th from 11:00am until 2:00pm. Thanks to all who attended this year!

For more information, please call (867) 979-5611


• October 31, 2019

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.

Volunteer Appreciation Reception

• November 12th, 2019

The City of Iqaluit is excited to announce that nominations are now open for the 2018 Volunteer Appreciation Awards! The Volunteer Appreciation Awards are an opportunity to recognize outstanding volunteers in our community.

Nomination forms can be found online here as well as at Iqaluit City Hall, the Iqaluit Aquatic Centre, and the AWG Arena reception desk.

We will be accepting nominations until October 12th, 2019 at 5pm. If there is a volunteer you would like to recognize, please complete the attached nomination form. You can email your completed form to recreation@city.iqaluit.nu.ca or drop it off to the Iqaluit Aquatic Center Guest Services desk or AWG reception desk or offices.


Santa Claus Parade

• December 7th, 2019 starting at 12pm at Nakasuk School

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 o 1f40 pportunity 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. Parade guidelines can be found here.



John McCracken - Recreation Program Coordinator
email: j.mccracken@city.iqaluit.nu.ca
phone: (867) 975-8508 

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

Recreation Reception
email: recreation@city.iqaluit.nu.ca
phone: (867) 979-5611