Dags Marasigan


The FINAL Leg of my Canada Tour at Iqaluit, Nunavut on April 8-9, 2009.

Iqaluit was the last stop of my Canada tour.  The moment Peter Roszak and I landed there, I was able to visit all the provinces and territories of Canada. 

Air Canada does not have a flight to Iqaluit.  We took First Air from Ottawa to Iqaluit which was a 3 hour flight.

Since it was above the arctic line, it was still freezing cold though it was spring already in Toronto.  The population of Iqaluit at that time was about 6,000 divided among First Nations people, immigrants from Quebec, Newfoundland and Ontario.

On air, there was virtually nothing to see except for snow.  No trees, lakes nor any small community.  Upon approach, we just saw Iqaluit as a small community in the middle of nowhere.  Quite fascinating because if you wandered out of the city and got lost, you would have been a popsicle.

We did not see anything in Iqaluit.  As a matter of fact, we had the whole city as a picture background.  We stepped on the frozen waters of Frobisher Bay then we visited the only shopping complex in the city - North Mall.  We knew that items were expensive in Iqaluit but our jaws dropped with the prices of basic goods in the shopping outlet.  In Toronto, pound of Royal Gala apples was between 99 cents to CD$1.99 versus CD$6.89/lb, grilled rotisserie between CD$6.99 to CD$7.99 versus CD$16.99 and 12 pack soda in Toronto was about CD$4.27 versus CD$13.99 in Iqaluit.

Cost of living was very expensive but the lowest average pay in the city was between CD$18-CD$20/hour.  Also, residents of Iqaluit get some form of subsidy in the government to cover the high cost of living.












One amusing activity in Iqaluit happened every Wednesday night during "Wings Night" at the Storehouse Bar and Grill at Frobisher Inn.  Prior to bar opening at 5:00 pm, people literally lined up for the Wings Night.  Chicken wings were not priced bad at CD$5.00 for 10 pcs but a can of beer was CD$8.25.

At about 10:00 pm, Peter and I retired at Accommodations by the Sea.  A very nice bed and breakfast in the city where the manager, Jocelyn took very good care of us with complimentary pick up from the airport.

Peter looked forward of witnessing the Aurora Borealis unfortuntely, it was a cloudy weather which did not permit in seeing the Aurora.

The following day, we took the only public transportation in the city - taxi.  CD$ 6.00 per person, a flat drop-off rate anywhere in the city.

That's it.  Canada adventure accomplished!