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Discovering Arctic Canada

A July 1997 trip to Northwest Territories by rhiannon1968

Boating out to the Pingos Photo, Northwest Territories, Canada More Photos
Quote: I had this strange fascination about the Arctic... a remote place inhabited by frinedly native people. I searched for it for several years... eventually I found it in NWT

Discovering Arctic Canada


church in tuktoyaktuk Photo, Northwest Territories, Canada
My highlights...where to start? The nature, the remoteness, the people, the food, the art... Everything, and nothing in particular, was just a highlight. Northwest Territories, for me, was the simplicity of it all.

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To get there:
You can get to Inuvik by driving along the Dempster Highway from Dawson City. Alternatively you can fly there. To Tuktoyaktuk there's no road, so one can only fly there.

Sandy Point Beach Club

Hotel | "Roger & Winnie Gruben"

It''s one of the few places where one can stay in Tuktoyaktuk - since there''s so very few tourists going there - and even fewer staying overnight. The owners, Roger and Winnie are really warm and nice people. Roger is Inuvialuit (that was, to be politically incorrect, eskimo) and Winnie is a G''wichin Indian. They also own the Arctic Nature Tour Company and can organize day-trips in the area for you.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2002

Sandy Point Beach Club
Crown Point
Tobago, West Indies
(868) 639-0820

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando-Orange Lake Resort Photo, Kissimmee, Florida
Nice, not far from the centre (about 5 minutes walk) and in a quiet location. The rooms were correct and very clean - with all sorts of commodities - and there''s a delicious restaurant on the premises. The owner''s son, being half-Swiss, took me under his protective wing and gave me invaluable advice.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2002

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando-Orange Lake Resort
8505 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.
Kissimmee, Florida 34747
(407) 239-0000

Tired of fast-food joints I decided to try the restaurant at the motel where I was staying. To my surprise I found out it's also the best restaurant in Inuvik. The menu was another big surprise... they were offering some types of meat I never thought people could eat. I especially recommend the northern platter: musk-ox, caribou and arctic char! Simply delicious - especially the musk-ox.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2002

Finto Motor Inn Resturant
288 Mackenzie Road
Nunavut, Canada X0E 0T0
(867) 777-2674

Boating out to the Pingos Photo, Northwest Territories, Canada
Tuktoyaktuk, locally, is called Pingo NP. Now it's not a National Park at all, but in this specific location there's a high concentration of pingos to discover. There's no roads around the hamlet, so the only way to go there is by boat. For your own safety you need a local guide to go there (read: bear activity).

Anyway - what's a pingo? Not a bird, not a mammal, not a living creature. A pingo is a hill. It may look like any other hill but it's not: its particularity comes from the fact that its core is made of ice: if I bring a shovel and start digging, very soon you'll find no longer earth but ice.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 16, 2002

Boating out to the Pingos
Kugmallit Bay
Tuktoyaktuk, Canada

Great Northern Arts Festival (GNAF) Photo, Northwest Territories, Canada
It's a gathering of artists and art enthusiasts from the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon. It's usually held in mid-July and Inuvik, from a sleepy town, comes to life with plenty of performing artists, a large indoor exhibit and sale of fine arts, and a large cultural program of workshops and demonstrations which are generally opened to everyone.

Some examples are: workshops on soapstone carving, lessons on how to make your own dreamcatcher, a traditional night of drum dancing, viewing the eskimo-throwing competition, a demonstration on dog-whipping (there's no dogs - it's just a show of skill), and a lot more.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2002

Great Northern Arts Festival (GNAF)

Inuvik, Canada X0E 0T0

inuvik Photo, Northwest Territories, Canada
Inuvik, in the local Inuktikut language, means the "Place of Men" and the name perfectly suits the location. Three distinctive ethnic groups live there: Inuvialut, G'wichin Indians and Métis - all in perfect harmony if I may add. The town itself is nothing to write home about, but it's the northernmost point you can reach by road in Canada. One exception is when the Great Festival of Northern Arts is held - usually in July - then it really comes alive with concerts, exhibits, activities, and people. Places to visit: - the Igloo Church, the Great Northern Arts Festival, the Artisans' Shops, and the little Art Galleries. Tuktoyaktuk is an Inuvialut hamlet (ab...Read More