Get to know Iqaluit with Google

Google Trekker in Iqaluit

In case you missed it, Google streetview was recently up in Iqaluit, trekking around town.

Now, Google has posted a great recap with a “behind the scenes” look at their time in Canada’s North. You can explore town on your own, or view their audio tours and Google Maps videos. You can view the page at www.google.com/intl/en/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/canadian-arctic

We’re pretty excited that our travellers have the chance to get a glimpse of what they’ll experience during their town visits by checking out this Google page. We just so happen to visit Iqaluit on many of our Arctic cruises, including during the Alianait Arts Festival.

Check it out and have fun exploring Iqaluit on your own!

Photo taken from the Google Maps website link above.

Amazing Alianait

alianaitThe Alianait Arts Festival once again proves Iqaluit is anything but remote from the centre of the arts world, showcasing an incredible line-up of performers in this, its 9th year.

Among the artists featured are Greenland folk legends Rasmus Lyberth and Nive Nielsen & the Deer Children, Australian world indigenous performer Tjupurru, British Columbia’s hip-hop icon Kinnie Starr and the “quintessential Maritime musician”, Cape Breton’s JP Cormier.

The festival will also feature two encore performances from Circumpolar Landscape, a remarkable collaboration among Leela Gilday from the Northwest Territories, Sylvia Cloutier from Nunavut via Nunavik, Nive Nielson from Greenland and Diyet from Yukon. The quartet was featured at the Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse, has toured Greenland and opened the National Arts Centre’s Northern Scene Festival.

Adventure Canada travellers will be delighted with this year’s theme: Enchanted Owl in celebration of the late Kenojuak Ashevak, who will be dearly missed by her many admirers around the world, including those who enjoyed her company and her talent on our Arctic trips.

Visit Alianait Arts Festival with Adventure Canada, June 27, 2013 – July 4, 2013.

Ice music charms Iqaluit

How do you keep spirits high in Iqaluit in the depths of winter?

Holding a concert using instruments made of ice is one way to drive the doldrums away.

Thanks to an outpouring of community support, Norwegian artist Terje Isungset and his group were able to create, then play instruments made entirely of local ice for Iqaluit’s Alianait concert series this past week.

The concert was a big hit (see video, above). But it wasn’t without a few anxious moments.

Here’s a video taken after a blizzard nearly destroyed all the work that went into making the instruments before they’d been played.

The Alianait concert series continues into the springtime.

Join us this summer for the 9th annual Alianait Arts Festival. June 27, 2013 – July 4, 2013

Heart of the Arctic: for lovers (of adventure)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Just like the guests in this beautiful video, we’re born romantics at Adventure Canada.

And nothing’s more romantic to us than the Heart of the Arctic.

Travelling in style on a journey from coastal Greenland, to Iqaluit, beneath a summer sun that never leaves the sky, makes an ideal getaway for lovers—of adventure.

Seabirds swirl, polar bears prowl, whales wallow in the water the water—and awestruck adventurers experience the trip of a lifetime among magnificent icebergs beneath and endless skies.

That’s our idea of a perfect Valentine.

Heart of the Arctic runs from June 24 – July 6, 2013.