An Arctic Adventure For Good
Inuvik is two degrees above the Arctic Circle and is connected to southern Canada by road and air.
Unfortunately, driving the Dempster Highway from Dawson Yukon and points south to Inuvik is not an option for this event. The ice crossings on the Peel and Mackenzie Rivers close the end of April and the ferry crossings typically open the first week of June.
Click the links for information about regional HIGHWAY / FERRY conditions.
Trekkers arriving from the south or other places for the TREK2TUK4KIDS will likely fly in or come a month early when they can drive to Inuvik. Inuvik has daily flight service from the south with Air North and Canadian North. Regional air carriers such as North-Wright Air fly to Inuvik from the Sahtu and Aklak Air connects the coastal communities to Inuvik.
Canadian North operates daily flights into Inuvik from Yellowknife, NT. Air North operates flights to Inuvik from Whitehorse, YT several times weekly.
Need help making your Arctic adventure happen? Please contact your travel agent or adventure planner or one of the following travel agents that are booking airlines, accommodation and additional tours for TREK2TUK4KIDS participants: SoulFly Experiences, Cool North and The Travel Group
Inuvik hotels include Mackenzie Hotel, please contact one of the participating travel companies to access to a limited allocation of reserved accommodation for TREK2TUK4KIDS 2023 participants.
For other accommodation information in Inuvik or Tuktoyaktuk please check with Spectacular NWT .
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE AREA
The 184 km ice road between Inuvik and Tuk closed for the last time the 30th April 2017 after 50 plus years of service.
The Inuvik Tuk Highway officially opened on the 15th November 2017 with a celebration in Inuvik and Tuk, https://youtu.be/QYzRNar7ynI
The ITH cost $300 million and took 3 years to build. Local companies EGT and Northwind were the general contractors that built the highway.
There are 359 culverts and 8 bridges on the 150 KM Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway.
The Canadian Pingo Landmark - large pingos near Tuk is a Parks Canada site. The largest pingo – Ibyuk is the largest pingo in Canada and the 2nd largest in the world. https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/nt/pingo.
The ITH is the first public road in North America to reach the Arctic Ocean and connects Canada from coast to coast to coast.
Tuktoyaktuk means “resembling a caribou” and is an area the Inuvialuit have used for generations to hunt and fish. 2023 will mark Tuk’s 50th anniversary as a hamlet. http://www.tuktoyaktuk.ca/
Inuvik means “place of people” in Inuvialuktun and was built in the mid-1950’s after Aklavik flooded several times and the Federal Government decided they needed to find higher ground and a suitable place for a larger airstrip. In the late 1950’s Inuvik became the new regional centre. https://www.inuvik.ca/en/index.asp
The Dempster Highway opened in 1979 connecting Inuvik, Tsiigehtchic and Fort McPherson with southern Canada.
Inuvik is the traditional territory of the Inuvialuit and Gwich’in and has also become the home to people from throughout Canada and around the world. The Inuvialuit settled their land claim in 1984 and the Gwich’in settled theirs in 1992. http://www.irc.inuvialuit.com/ https://gwichintribal.ca/
Inuvik has the most northern – mosque, liquor store and year round swimming pool in North America.
Inuvik is 2 degrees and Tuk is 3 degrees above the Arctic Circle, giving both communities lots of midnight sun.
June is spring hunting and fishing season for local people from Inuvik and Tuk. The ITH gives local people access to several good hunting and fishing areas. Connect with local tour operators for add-on experiences to explore the area.