Iqaluit residents flock to new swimming pool in the middle of winter

Kent Driscoll
APTN National News
It’s something people in Iqaluit have been waiting four long years for.

Thursday was the grand opening of the a new aquatic centre. There hasn’t been one in the city since the old one closed four years ago.

That pool was the size of a typical backyard pool. This one, is a bit bigger.

“Very excited,” said Leesee Gordon. ” Very excited for the people of Iqaluit.”

It’s something the community wanted said Mayor Madeleine Redfern.

“The rate payers voted for it, the city proceeded and here we are today,” said Redfern.

Video Journalist / Iqaluit

Kent has been APTN’s Nunavut correspondent since 2007. In that time he has closely covered Inuit issues, including devolution and the controversial Nutrition North food subsidy. He has also worked for CKIQ-FM in Iqaluit and as a reporter for Nunavut News North.