Iqaluit to see scaled-back ‘COVID edition’ of Toonik Tyme

Annual springtime festival set to run April 22 to 25

This year’s “COVID edition” of Toonik Tyme will focus on outdoor events including snowmobile races, children’s games and outdoor competitions. (Photo courtesy of Kelli McLarty)

By Nunatsiaq News

A year after it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Iqaluit’s Toonik Tyme is back.

The 56th annual festival will be held April 22 to 25, and according to organizers, it will look a little different.

“Keeping our community healthy is the number one priority of this organization,” said Pitseolak Alainga, one of the festival’s organizers, in a news release.

This year’s “COVID edition” of Toonik Tyme will be primarily focused on outdoor events that adhere to chief public-health guidelines, the release said.

This includes snowmobile races, children’s games and outdoor competitions.

One exception to the outdoor events will be giant bingo, which organizers say they are still working on the logistics for.

Aside from some of the Toonik Tyme staples, organizers are also planning on challenging a Guinness World Record for the largest snowmobile parade.

“We will attempt to bring together every running snow machine in Iqaluit,” said the release.

The current record, of 1,047 machines, is held by the Whitecourt Trail Blazers in Whitecourt, Alta.

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