Take note Iqalungmiut: Toonik Tyme’s almost here

Iqaluit’s annual spring festival starts April 11

A youngster enjoys the blanket toss at a previous edition of Toonik Tyme. This year’s festival gets started on Thursday, April 11. (Photo courtesy of Toonik Tyme)

By Sarah Rogers

Iqaluit’s annual spring festival kicks off on Thursday, April 11, offering 10 days of games, food, entertainment and traditional activities.

This year marks the 54th anniversary of Toonik Tyme.

The festival’s opening ceremony gets underway Thursday at 7 p.m. at the curling rink, where the festival’s 2019 Toonik and Honorary Toonik will be named.

The first full day of the festival, Friday, April 12, is a full-day civic holiday for the city to allow Iqalungmiut to take part in activities.

The Nunavut RCMP will host a barbecue that day starting at 12:15 p.m. in the parking lot at Nakasuk school, followed by outdoor games and activities.

Toonik Tyme’s snowmobile races for children between the ages of eight to 12 get started at 3 p.m. at the AWG lake.

You can find a full schedule of festival activities here.

Environment Canada is forecasting sunny skies and mild temperatures for the festival’s first weekend.

During the civic holiday on April 12, the city of Iqaluit’s offices will close, though trucked services for water delivery, waste water removal and garbage pick-up will continue to operate.

Toonik Tyme runs until April 21.

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