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68.36105°N, -133.73492°E

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A place of rich diversity, Inuvik is located on the Mackenzie Delta — Canada’s largest freshwater delta, encompassing the Arctic Ocean. Inuvik is often considered the hub and gateway to surrounding communities in the Western Arctic and the Beaufort Sea. The Dempster Highway, Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway and Mackenzie River inspire Arctic enthusiasts to seek adventure north of the Arctic Circle.

Inuvik is the heart of stunning vistas in both summer and winter. Nestled between the Richardson Mountains, Treeless Tundra, Northern Boreal Forest and a maze of lakes and streams that make up the Mackenzie Delta, you will be sure to catch a glimpse of Northern beauty. The diversity of landscapes and waterways creates the perfect environment for wildlife, such as bears, caribou and moose.

As the traditional land of the Inuvialuit, Gwich’in and Metis, Inuvik offers a rich environment for Indigenous culture. These residents seek the knowledge, language, and stories from Elders to continue to thrive on the land as they have done for thousands of years. Inuvik is home to many artists and crafters who take pride in reflecting the Arctic landscape and Northern culture into their work. Traditional crafts are still a part of modern-day life in Inuvik for their practicality in the Arctic climate and their beauty.

When it comes to things to see and do in Inuvik, activities balance tradition with modern day living through an array of ‘city life’ amenities dedicated to science, education, fitness, arts and leisure. Inuvik thrives on hosting events for the community which also appeal to the influx of northbound tourists. Long before Inuvik was established, the people of the Mackenzie Delta came together to follow the flow of the seasons.

Plan to attend:
  • The Sunrise Festival, celebrating the return of the sun after 30 days of polar night with three days of festivities.
  • The Muskrat Jamboree, welcoming the coming of spring with an array of traditional games and competitions.
  • The Great Northern Arts Festival
  • Midnight Madness
  • The Arctic Development Expo.
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