Iqaluit plans full slate of Canada Day activities

Plenty of food, music and contests on the schedule for annual celebration

People enjoy Canada Day festivities in Iqaluit in 2018. (Photo by Beth Brown)

By Nunatsiaq News

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 h.deguzman@iqaluit.ca 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 b.andersen@iqaluit.ca 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.

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  1. Posted by Cancel culture on

    Glad to hear Iqaluit hasnt joined the wokes in Winnipeg with their efforts to cancel Canada Day.

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