Toonik Tyme Festival

early April
Iqaluit, Nunavut

A community tradition for more than 45 years, Toonik Tyme is Iqaluit's annual spring festival celebrating both the culture of the community and the return of spring to the region.

The week of celebrations includes snowmobile races, Inuit games, traditional Inuit activities, igloo building, dog team races, scavenger hunts and a craft fair, Inuit games, and a seal skinning contest.

Founded by community leaders in 1964 when Iqaluit was still known as Frobisher Bay, Toonik Tyme was intended to promote tourism and to revitalize traditional Inuit activities, crafts and talents.

Today, Toonik Tyme has become both a local tradition and a popular tourist attraction for visitors from all over the world. Over more than 4 decades, the two day festival has grown to showcase more than enough activities to fill an entire week, Highlights of the Toonik Tyme Festival include a “North of 60 Idol Talent Competition”, the snowmobile uphill climb and Toonik Tyme Fear Factor.

Part of the fun since 2003, named for the US television show, and always a sell out, the Toonik Tyme Fear Factor has contestants eating and wading through all manner of horrors from live earthworms and fish blood to caribou guts.

There are no roads to Nunavut so visitors must arrive by scheduled air services from Ottawa, Ontario; Montréal, Québec; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Churchill, Manitoba; Edmonton, Alberta; and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Airlines flying to Nunavut from southern Canada include First Air, Canadian North, Air Canada Jazz, Air Inuit, Calm Air , and Kivalliq Air.

Iqaluit is served by daily scheduled flights from both the South and West with connections to Ottowa, Montreal and Edmonton.

For more information about the Toonik Tyme Festival visit the Toonik Tyme Festival web site at

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