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BLOG: Archive for January, 2015

Toonik Tyme – the 50th annual spring celebration in Iqaluit

January 29th, 2015 | By | Filed in Uncategorized

Tour-Iqaluit-Festivals-ThumbnailEveryone here at Tour Iqaluit is looking forward to the 50th annual Toonik Tyme Festival. We’ve blocked off April 2 to 6, 2015 on our calendar. We’re polishing the vans, shining up the snowmobiles and dusting off our finest parkas.

We have affordable weekend getaways for visitors from the South

If your visitors fly up from Ottawa on April 3 and fly home on April 5, they will pay $1516 including taxes and fees per person. You know how much a flight from Ottawa normally costs. Well our price includes – yes, you read that right – includes 2 nights hotel lodging, airport transfers, and an orientation tour of Iqaluit. When we say affordable weekend getaway to Iqaluit- we mean affordable weekend getaway!

And optional activities during Toonik Tyme

Perhaps you do not have enough snowmobiles to take your visitors out on the land when they come? We have snowmobile packages that you can book online! You can book snowshoe adventures online too.

How long has it been since you’ve tried traditional dog-sledding? We have dog-sledding experiences that can be booked online as well.

We are open for business during the Toonik Tyme festival. We recommend, however, that you book your snowmobiles, snowshoeing or weekend getaway packages early. Space is limited during a special event like the 50th anniversary Toonik Tyme festival.

A foiled narwhal tusk smuggling ring

January 22nd, 2015 | By | Filed in Uncategorized

NarwhalThere is a story circulating that an American has been sentenced for his role in a narwhal tusk smuggling ring. As we are in the business of showing travellers Arctic wildlife in their natural habitat, not surprisingly we support any effort to conserve and protect the whales. We also support the right of the North’s indigenous peoples to harvest Arctic mammals as they have for thousands of years.

What poachers see as a 9 foot long piece of ivory worth thousands of dollars is, in fact, a marvellous tool for sensing the environment through which the narwhal swim. A tusk is replete with millions of nerve endings. Science has confirmed what wizards believed for centuries, a narwhal tusk has magical properties. That aura of magic and mystery draw adventure travellers to Baffin Island, the narwhal capital of the world.

Did you know that a three-quarters of the world’s narwhal population summer in the Canadian Arctic?

Since 2000, an international collaboration with an interdisciplinary approach has been studying the tusk of the narwhal under the name Narwhal Tusk Research.

Special Occasions and Holiday Weekends

January 8th, 2015 | By | Filed in Uncategorized

Dog sledding

Dog sledding

We have some adventurous suggestions for special occasions, because – admit it – your partner is already dropping hints that you should be making special arrangements for Valentine’s Weekend. Or are you planning to pop the question and want to do it style?

Adventurous special occasions and holiday weekends

How about a romantic dog sled ride through the snow. You can cuddle with your special someone. Sip hot chocolate afterwards or a glass of champagne!

Is there a milestone birthday coming up for the love of your life? Fly them to a glacier for an amazing thrill. Or snowshoe through Sylvia Grinnell with a guide.

Do you have guests coming for a long weekend, but not enough snowmobiles to take them all out for a run? We can help you out, if you tell us in advance.

Custom adventures can be arranged

We are Iqaluit based, so if there is an adventure you have been dreaming about, but didn’t know how to make it happen. Call us. We’ve been custom-designing Arctic adventures for more than 15 years.