Northwest Territories Stories and Tips

Tales of two northern towns: Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk

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 (about 1500 inhabitants) on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. More specifically it's in Kugmallit Bay in the Beaufort Sea, east of the Mackenzie Delta. There's no road to there but there are scheduled flights in summer (Aklak Airlines) while in winter people use the iced river as a road and drive to Inuvik. Tuktoyaktuk is somewhat famous for a strange geological phenomenon: the pingos, which are ice-cored hills scattered everywhere in the area. One more piece of info: the name Tuktoyaktuk means "Resembling a Caribou".
Places to visit: - the Community Underground Fridge, the Pingos, the bay for Whalewatching, the Artists' Homes, and the church with sealskin decoration.

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