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 2018

Winter Break Day Camp

February 12-16, 2018

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, 2018

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 TBD, 2018

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 16th from 11:00am until 4:00pm.

The following is a list of community clubs and organizations that will have a table at this year's mass registration:

Friends of the Iqaluit Centennial Library/Iqaluit Centennial Library
Iqaluit Badminton Club
Predators/Huskies Badminton
795 Iqaluit Royal Canadian Air Cadets
Iqaluit Taekwon-do Society
Iqaluit Broomball
REACH Fundraising Committee
Aniirajak Ski and Adventure club
IqaluEAT Co-op Group
Nunavut Speed Skating Association
Girl Guides of Canada
Judo Nunavut
CFRT 107.3 FM/ Le Nunavoix
Association des Francophones du Nunavut
Theatre Uiviit
Niqinik Nuatsivik- Nunavut Food Bank
Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line
Qayuqtuvik Society/Inclusion Cafe
Saimavik Studio
Iqaluit Tundra Tumblers Gymnastics Club
Representatives for Children and Youth’s Office
Royal Purple Elks #353
Embrace Life Council
Drop Zone
Iqaluit Women’s Hockey League
Piviniit Society and Thrift Store
Iqaluit Curling Club
Iqaluit Humane Society
Iqaluit Table Tennis Association
BEAT Basketball
Iqaluit Dance Academy
Skills Canada Nunavut
Arctic Outpost
Iqaluit Skating Club
Iqaluit Community Greenhouse Society
Elections Nunavut
Iqaluit Social Dance Club
Iqaluit Soto Zen Group
Iqaluit Action Lab
The Iqaluit Music Society
Department of Family Services

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



• October 31, 2018

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 TBD, 2018

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. To nominate a person/organization, please fill out this Volunteer Nomination Form (found here) and submit the completed form to Brittany at b.masson@city.iqaluit.nu.ca.

Santa Claus Parade

• December TBD, 2018

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 TBD, 2018

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 22-January 1, 2018

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.



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