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Inuvik is a town in Canada's Northwest Territories located at the inland end of the McKenzie Delta and the northern end of the Dempster Highway, almost 200 km (120 miles) north of the Arctic Circle. With around 3,400 permanent residents as of the last census, it is the most populous town in the Canadian Arctic.

Sun low over Inuvik, 26 January 2006, 2:19 PM


Initially called "New Aklavik", Inuvik experiences an average of 56 days of continuous sunlight every summer and 30 days of polar night every winter due to its northern location,

Get in[edit]

From the South, drive the Dempster Highway to Inuvik. Or fly in through Canadian North, Aklak, First Air, or Air North.

Get around[edit]

The flat rates for a taxi in Inuvik, effective April 2013, are $6 for a ride within the village and $35 for the 11km (7 mile) ride to the airport.

By taxi[edit]

By hire car[edit]

  • The Arctic Chalet offers car rental ($100-120/day) at +1 867 777-3535
  • Driving Force (Norcan Rental), 170 Airport Road +1 867 777-2346, toll-free: +1-800-936-9353fax: +1-844-449-1562. 8AM-noon and 12:30-5:30pm weekdays. Vehicle rental and leasing, normally closed weekends unless a vehicle is already reserved in advance.


The Mackenzie River in late October, 2005, before it froze for the winter
  • Inuvik's Our Lady Of Victory Church, often called Igloo Church, is a famous landmark in the region.
  • The Midnight Sun Mosque is North America's's northernmost mosque.
  • The Great Northern Arts Festival has been held annually for 10 days in the middle of July.
  • The annual Sunrise Festival happens on the second weekend of the new year


Inuvik is a great place for those with an adventurous spirit. It is one of the last places on Earth that can feel very much untouched by humans, and the sense of being top of the world is impossible to avoid.

The local people are very friendly and quite willing to show those curious enough to ask how they still, in the 21st century, live off the land in the some of the harshest conditions on the planet.

One can explore for thousands of miles in any direction by snowmobile, boat or ATV. Just be sure to have a guide go with you who is familiar with the land, as Inuvik is a very isolated town,and you want to make sure you get back. Also ensure you have sufficient supplies for your adventure, as there is nothing outside of the town to provide you with petrol, food (apart from hunting), or a warm dry bed.

Or stay in town. The local people are trying very hard to preserve their culture, and tourists showing a genuine interest will help support their goals. From soap stone carvings to stunning beadwork, even watercolour paintings by local artists will dazzle the senses and be sure to provide you with a unique experience.

The best time to get a sense of what the town can offer is during the Great Northern Arts festival, held each year in Inuvik. It's a summer occasion, so you will experience the 24 hours of sunshine as well as see artists who come from across the north, as far way as Newfoundland, Nunavut, the Yukon, Alaska and Northwest Territories. Everyone one with the northern spirit is welcome to have bannock and caribou stew and see the best of the best in Arctic art. Some artists are even creating their pieces on site, so you can see first hand how to turn a stone into a magnificent figure of polar bears, walrus or Inuit faces.

  • Midnight Sun Recreation Complex. Great swimming pool: lanes, "lazy river," large water slide, volleyball net and basketball net. Also a canteen selling food and drinks and an arena.


The Richardson Mountains, seen from Inuvik

Inuvialuit and Gwich'in art.


  • Cloud 9 Cafe (In the airport). Great food. Muskox burgers




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