Inuvik is located in the Western Arctic Region of the Northwest Territory, Canada. During the summer months Inuvik is the land of the Midnight Sun with over 56 days a year enjoying 24 hours of sunlight. During the winter months Inuvik is the land of the Northern Lights with over 30 days of 24 hour darkness.
Along with Inuvik, the Western Arctic Region also includes the remote villages of Aklavik, Fort McPherson, Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour, Tuktoyaktuk, Tsiigehtchic and Ulukhaktok. Inuvik being the main transportation, commercial and tourism hub of the region.
In the traditional native tongue of the Inuvialuit Inuvik means, " Living Place". And it is a place of arctic wilderness beauty. To the east are the Richardson Mountains. To the immediate west are the tributaries of the Mackenzie Delta. To the south is the northern tree line and the beginning of the arctic tundra. To the north is the Beaufort Sea and the Arctic Ocean.
Inuvik, Northwest Territory is Canada's largest community above the Arctic Circle. The community caters to the entire Western Arctic Region and therefore has many services important to travelers. Some of the services include accommodations, campgrounds, tours, transportation, bank, grocery store, gas station and internet.
Access to the the Western Arctic Region is via highway and airport only. The Dempster Highway begins in the Yukon Territory and travels 736 kilometres along plateaus, lowlands and tundra to the community of Inuvik, N.W.T. Air travel is another means of transportation via floatplanes, charter planes and airplanes. There is an airport servicing the community.
Inuvik, Northwest Territory, Canada is a year round adventure destination. The community is the starting point for many summer and winter wilderness adventures. Summer activities in Inuvik include fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating, birdwatching, hunting, flightseeing, sightseeing, camping, backpacking and hiking.
During the winter months, the lakes and rivers freeze over and the snow blankets the entire region. The frozen tundra creates routes for ice roads. The ice roads lead to some of the remote villages and to some of the winter adventure destinations. Winter activities include xc skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, dog sledding and sightseeing.