Iqaluit: A mix of everything
The territorial capital Iqaluit is a hub for creatives of all kinds and offers a great overview of their celebrated ingenuity. Even the Nunavut Legislative Assembly building, designed to resemble a traditional Inuit sled, houses an impressive collection artwork from sculptures, weavings, and paintings to beautiful maces with diamonds and narwhal tusk tips. Go to the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum in an old Hudson’s Bay building to buy striking prints by contemporary artists, hand-sewn moccasins and traditional clothing, elaborate Inuit beadwork, handmade textiles, and unusual jewelry made out of bone, ivory, talon, metal, and claw. Don’t leave town without admiring the masterfully hand-sewn garments from seal skin and fur. Innovator Rannva Simonsen displays her much sought-after high-fashion designs, including mittens, scarves, vests, and colorful hats, downtown at her boutique, Rannva Design. Canada’s northern-most capital is also where all the major music, dance, film, and arts festivals take place in the territory.