Special Events

COVID-19, Recreation Response 

City of Iqaluit Recreation Facilities are reopening in stages.  Please see the latest Public Service Announcement from the City of Iqaluit for more information about specific facilities and programs. 

The City continues to monitor the situation and is working hard to bring alternative and updated programming when available.  

Iqaluit offers a wide variety of programs and recreational activities for people of all ages. There are many sports groups, leisure clubs, special interest groups, programs and service organizations to appeal to everyone.

The City of Iqaluit Recreation Department organizes many special community events throughout the year that will be uploaded to the events calendar.

Special Community Events 2020



Due to COVID-19, all Celebrate Canada Events, funded by the Government of Canada, will look differently this year. 

There will be no in-person gatherings due to the current Public Health Order that is in place for any of the events.  


National Indigenous Peoples Day*  (PENDING DUE TO COVID-19)

  • June 21, 2020

Join us for a free BBQ in Iqaluit Square, A Country Food feast for Elders at the Qammaq, and a small craft fair hosted in the afternoon at the Qammaq.

St. Jean Baptiste Day*  (PENDING DUE TO COVID-19)

  • June 24, 2020

St. Jean Baptiste Day—free family turf time with snacks at the AWG Indoor Turf. 

Canada Day*  (PENDING DUE TO COVID-19)

  • July 1, 2020

Start the day with a delicious (free!) pancake breakfast in the AWG lobby. The Canada Day Parade will start from the AWG parking lot at 11am, ending downtown at Nakasuk School. At 1pm a brief Civic Ceremony will be held under the Big Top tent, followed by a free afternoon concert.

Register your float in the parade here: http://cityofiqaluitrecreation.maxgalaxycanada.net/Home.aspx

Elders’ Gathering* (PENDING DUE TO COVID-19)

  • Mid August 

This year the annual Elder’s Gathering will be hosted in Nunavik. Elders from across Nunavut and Nunavik will come together to share stories and experiences. Activities will include feasts, on the land events, crafts, a fashion show, and much more. Contact k.nelson@iqaluit.ca for more information.

Mass Registration* (PENDING DUE TO COVID-19)

  • September 5th 2020

This event is a chance for everyone to come out and see what Iqaluit has to offer! In September, Iqaluit’s clubs and community organizations gather under one roof to showcase what they’re all about and take registration for fall and winter programs. This year's mass registration will be held at the Iqaluit Curling Rink on Saturday, September 7th from 11am until 1:00pm. Reserve at table for your group here: http://cityofiqaluitrecreation.maxgalaxycanada.net/Home.aspx. Create an account using details for your group and then sign up for Mass Registration under the Activity Registration tab.

For more information, please call (867) 979-5611

Spook-a-Rama* (PENDING DUE TO COVID-19)

  • October 31, 2020

Spook-a-Rama is the most popular teen event in Iqaluit. Each year teens aged 13-18 dress up for this drug and alcohol free dance on Halloween night for a haunting evening of dancing and games. Teens meet at various locations around town and are then driven by bus to a secret location! To volunteer or for more information, call (867) 979-5620.

Volunteer Appreciation Reception

  • November 19th, 2020

The Volunteer Appreciation Awards are an opportunity to recognize outstanding volunteers in our community. Please see nomination forms for categories and more information. Nomination forms can be found here: English, Inuktitut, French

Please return nomination forms to recreation@city.iqaluit.nu.ca or in person to the Recreation Offices at the AWG Arena. Nomation forms are due by October 18th at 5pm.




Santa Claus Parade

  • December 5th, 2020 starting at 12pm at Nakasuk School

The annual Santa Claus Parade takes place at the beginning of December. Each year, the Recreation Department encourages businesses, organizations and individuals to show their community spirit by joining Santa in the parade. This is a great opportunity to put smiles on kids’ faces, and prizes are awarded for the best parade entries. Following the parade, kids can warm up with some hot chocolate and enjoy a visit with Santa. To register for the parade, to volunteer or for more information, call (867) 979-5611. Parade guidelines can be found here.


Kevan Nelson - Recreation Program Coordinator
email: k.nelson@iqaluit.ca
phone: (867) 975-8508 

Billy andersen - Acting Recreation Programmer
email: B.andersen@iqaluit.ca
phone: (867) 979-5627 

Recreation Reception
email: recreation@iqaluit.ca
phone: (867) 979-5611