10 Facts About Nunavut

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The newest territory in Canada, and the largest territory with the lowest population density, Nunavut is a very interesting place and there are many cool facts about it.
So, let’s delve into the Top 10 Cool Facts About Nunavut!

  1. Iqaluit is not connected to the rest of North America by road. While it is connected to other communities in Nunavut by road, you need boat or plane to reach the capital of Nunavut. 
  2. You can take a taxi in Iqaluit, but it will cost you only one price: $7. No matter where you go in the city, that is what you are going to pay by taxi. 
  3. Nunavut may be remote, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have the most Canadian thing ever; Tim Hortons. You can find three Tim Hortons kiosks in stores in the capital city. 
  4. Homes in Nunavut, by law, must be built on stilts at least one metre off the ground. The reason for this is the permafrost, and without stilts the home will heat the ground and slowly sink into the ground. 
  5. Only 2.5 per cent of the population is over the age of 65. The average age in Nunavut is 30.1 years. A full 52 per cent of the population is under the age of 20.
  6. The Bay of Fundy gets most of the attention, but the second highest tides in Canada are found in Iqaluit. Tides can rise eight to 12 metres during a single change. 
  7. Until 1987, Iqaluit was called Frobisher Bay. It was named by Martin Frobisher, who was the first one to sail into the bay on July 17, 1577.
  8. Iqaluit, home to just over 7,000 people, has the smallest population of any capital city in Canada. 
  9. The Legislative Assembly of Iqaluit has 19 seats and unlike other areas of the country, there are no party lines. All decisions are made by consensus, much like a city council. 
  10. Residents in Nunavut have a water tank outside their homes that is topped up each day. Each home gets about 225 litres of water per day to use. 
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