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Jul 24, 2023
GN invites public to attend opening ceremony with festivities, tours of the site
After decades of planning and several delays, Iqaluit’s new deepsea port is set to open Tuesday at noon.
The Government of Nunavut invited the public to take part in a celebration of the port’s opening and the arrival of the first sealift ship with music, food and tours of the port.
A shuttle service will be offered, leaving from the Nakasuk School parking lot.
It’s an opening day that has been decades in the making.
As early as the 1970s and 1980s, the federal government saw the need to build a port, according to a 2005 report by Aarluk Consulting and Gartner Lee Ltd., but those plans fizzled.
Then in 2005, the report noted, the City of Iqaluit was looking into building a port and initial designs were unveiled. It outlined a proposed construction timeline that would see the port completed and in operation by 2009.