Iqaluit plans full slate of Canada Day activities
Plenty of food, music and contests on the schedule for annual celebration
A parade, concerts, free food and other giveaways will be part of Canada Day celebrations in Iqaluit on Friday.
The all-day event kicks off with a free pancake breakfast at AWG Arena, which will run from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., the City of Iqaluit announced in a news release Monday.
While that’s going on, the arena will also be host to a kids’ bike-decorating contest from 10 to 11 a.m. Children will get the opportunity to show off their artistic flair and get a chance to win prizes.
People can also tie their laces and run for a good cause. For a $25 entry fee, there are opportunities to run a half marathon, 10-kilometre and five-kilometre race. All the money raised goes to the Jimmy Kilabuk Foundation, which provides children and families living in low-income situations to take part in programs and activities at the Aquatic Centre.
The half marathon starts at 9 a.m., and the 10-kilometre and five-kilometre events begin at 11:30 a.m. The deadline to enter is Thursday. Interested participants can contact Henry de Guzman at email@example.com for more information.
The annual Canada Day parade starts at noon at the arena, featuring floats and other entries. It will follow a route to Nakasuk Elementary School, where it will finish at around 1 p.m.
There will be prizes for best floats. Anyone interested in entering a float should contact Billy Andersen at 979-5620 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday.
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., there will be live music at the Nakasuk school field. During that time, there will be a break to hold a civic ceremony starting at 1:25 p.m.
Then at 2:30 p.m., during another break, anyone interested in completing a reaffirmation of citizenship can do so.
Also from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Iqaluit’s municipal recreation department staff will hold surprise country food pop-up giveaways around the city.
More food will be on hand at Iqaluit Square, where firefighters will be handing out bowls of hot chili starting at 1:15 p.m.
More updates on Canada Day activities will be posted on the city’s Facebook page. The events are sponsored by Canadian Heritage and the City of Iqaluit.