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CYFB - Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada Print E-mail

Iqaluit October 2005The Iqaluit airport got its start with the arrival of the American Air Force during World War II.  The first air strip was built on an island about 28 nm south of the present day community. That island is still know locally as Mialigaqtaliminiq or the "place where the Americans lived".

The island proved too small, and the resulting airstrip too short.  So, acting on the advice of local Inuit, the Americans scouted another location further up Frobisher Bay. Thus, construction began on the airport as part of the Crimson Route, a plan to build a series of airstrips for ferrying aircraft from Canada to England during World War II.  Jack Crowell was one of the US airmen involved the establishment of the Frobisher air base.

Though the airport didn't see active use during the War, it quickly became a hub of activity for Cold War surveillance. The community grew up around the base, and became known as Frobisher Bay.  The Pinetree Line, of which Frobisher Bay was a key part, established monitoring facilities across the Canadian north.  This Google Earth file gives you a view of all of the various North American Radar defence system locations.  The Pinetree Line presence also kept YFB a busy airport for the US and later Canadian Airforces. Visit the Pinetree Line website archive for an impressive collection of photos and articles about the military aviation history of the Iqaluit airport. And this site, called Listening to Our Past, features Inuit oral history around the develoment of the Frobisher Bay airport.

In 1958, the Canadian government considered the small community of Frobisher Bay, with its military base and airport, as a prime candidate for a unique experiment, known these days as "Frobisher Bay, the Domed City of the North".  Here's an article in the Globe and Mail about the plan,  and here's the plan.  It even made the May 1959 issue of Popular Mechanics. It is hard to imagine what life would have been like in this "space age" complex, with the entire town in a series of high rise apartment buildings, powered by its own nuclear generator. The plan was never realized, though one can see its influence in the creation of a complex of connected government, apartment and office buildings built in the 1970s, and still in use today.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 January 2016 02:22
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CYFB - Iqaluit Airport Info Print E-mail

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The information below is general, and NOT for specific flight planning purposes. Check CURRENT version of the Canada Flight Supplement to ensure accurate information.  CYFB is located at Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. The community was formerly known as Frobisher Bay.

Operator: Nunavut Airports. Iqaluit Airport Manager ph: 867 975-7771; fax 867 979-6985;  RCR

N63 45 24 W68 33 22; Magnetic Dev: 29 degrees W (2013) Elevation: 110'; VNC chart A5033; CAP published IFR approach

Time: Eastern UTC -5 (-4 at daylight saving time)

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 22:43
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Iqaluit Tourism and Business Info Print E-mail

Even though Iqaluit is a relatively small community, there's lots to do here and in the region.  Depending on the season, trips out on the land or sea can provide a fascinating experience. There are several local outfitters that provide boat, snowmobile, dog team, or other trips in the area.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 March 2016 01:08
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Iqaluit Accommodations Print E-mail

City of IqaluitWith a population around 7,000, Iqaluit is the largest community in Nunavut.  While that makes it big for these parts, it is a small town by southern Canadian standards.  Most services and amenities are available here, but you may not find everything you're accustomed to in a larger centre.

There are no road links to the outside world.  That means everything comes in by plane, or in the summer, by ship.  Prices tend to be high.  Selection and availability of some goods and services can be limited.

Here is contact information for Iqaluit Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts. Most links take you to their websites.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 January 2016 02:19
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Iqaluit Outfitters and Links Print E-mail

Looking for a guide for adventures in the Iqaluit area?  Here's a number of web and email links to Iqaluit outfitters, businesses and other interesting spots. Click Read More to see the whole list.

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 February 2014 18:19
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