We landed in the colourfully decorated airport of Iqaluit, the capital city of Nunavut, located a mere three degrees south of the Arctic Circle on Baffin Island, after a wonderful flight on the friendliest and only full service airline still operating in North America, Inuit owned Canadian North. Nunavut is Canada's newest and largest Territory, created out of the Northwest Territories in 1999 as part of a decades long land claims negotiation, and it's a self-governing territory for the 40,000 Inuit scattered across 25 isolated communities in the far north. The first thing you notice as you disembark (other than the cool air) is that all the buildings are brightly painted in a wide variety of colours.
Then, as you walk around and start looking a little closer, you notice how the buildings are all anchored to the exposed rock of the Canadian Shield, while underneath runs all the inter-connected piping that leads out to a sewage treatment plant on the edge of town. There are also many examples of imaginative architecture on display with all sorts of curiously shaped buildings including the igloo shaped St. Jude's Anglican Cathedral, the hospital with its colourful wraparound mural, the triangular RCMP building, and the children's schools that look like ice cubes.
Perhaps the most intriguing is the post office rock garden of fascinating sculptures.