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Iqaluit was first explored by English mariner Sir Martin Frobisher in 1576. The town was named Frobisher Bay until 1987. Iqaluit is a communications and transportation center for the eastern Arctic region. Most of the city's economic activity is based on fishing, sealing, trapping and the manufacture of crafts. It has been the capital of Nunavut since the territory's creation in 1999.

Accommodation and restaurants are available in town, although it is more a stopping-off and supply spot for people en route to Auyuittuq National Park than an attraction in itself. There are some good hiking trails in the vicinity. Iqaluit is at the northeastern head of Frobisher Bay on the south of Baffin Island. It is 2080 km north of Ottawa.


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