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What You Need To Know About Moving To Nunavut

What You Need To Know About Moving To Nunavut

Posted in:Moving and Nunavut

Nunavut is the newest of the Canadian Territories after being officially broken apart from the Northwest Territories in 1999. It is not a heavily populated area with a total population of just under 36,000. Although the population is small, Nunavut makes up a huge part of Canada. It is the fifth largest country subdivision in the world with more than 2 million square kilometers of space (about the same size as the country of Mexico). The capital city is Iqaluit. Iqaluit has the largest population of any place in Nunavut at just over 7,000, but it is the smallest capital city in the country. If you are planning on moving to this area, Find Internet has compiled a list of helpful tips and facts to make the move easier.

  • Nunavut is a very young population in comparison to the rest of Canada. About 52% of the population is under the age of 20, which is less than any other region.
  • If you want to heat your home or business, oil is the only option. The reason for this is because the lack of trees in the area make it difficult to start a fire and electric prices for heat are extremely high.
  • Because it is so secluded, the cost of living in Nunavut is extremely high. There are not very many roads connecting the territory so a majority of food and supplies are flown in by plane causing high prices.
  • There really are no paved roads in Nunavut. The only place to have paved roads is the capital in Iqaluit (about 8Km or 5 miles worth). If you are driving between smaller towns, you are probably on a dirt or grass road.
  • Homes are built up on stilts because of the layer of permafrost the coats the ground almost year round. If you were to build a house directly on the permafrost layer, the heat from the home will eventually melt it causing the house to sink into the ground.
  • Iqaluit was originally named Frobisher Bay until 1987.
  • On the shortest day of the year, Iqaluit only gets about 4 hours of sunlight and on the longest day, it gets about 20 hours sun.
  • If you are buying a house in Iqaluit, chances are it will be a crazy color like red, green, or blue.
  • Behind the Bay of Fundy, Iqaluit has the largest tide swings in Canada which move about 10 - 12 meters during tide change.

Because Nunavut is so secluded, the only option for high speed internet connection in most of the territory is through satellite. This will ultimately be the most reliable option for new residents. If you visit our find service page, you can enter Nunavut and your city into the search box and review plans and pricing options. I hope you are a little more educated on Nunavut before you move or visit!

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