Inuvik – Above the Arctic Circle
Inuvik, population of about 3,450, boasts a diverse and lively population, a good selection of services, and a truly unique natural setting just a stone’s throw from the town centre.
- MacKenzie River delta area
- Varied wildlife such as caribou, wolves, foxes and sometimes black bear
- Travel north of the Arctic Circle
- Option to drive the Dempster Highway
- Tuktoyaktuk river tour or flightseeing tour
Daily from Edmonton
From CA$1,730 – twin
From CA$2,175 – single
Taxes: CA$74.52 on airfare / 5% GST on total
Prices are shown in CA$, per person, based on two people sharing a twin room or one person in a single room. Final pricing may differ from the prices shown, depending on the availability of flights and accommodation.
Day one of your trip would be spent enjoying Northern hospitality aboard your flight from Edmonton before landing and getting settled in to your hotel. There’s a lot to look at, and a great place to start to get oriented is the Western Arctic Regional Visitor Centre. Here you’ll find interpretive flora and fauna displays, lots of great information about Inuvik and its community, and also can collect your Arctic Circle Certificate!
Inuvik is a great chance to see part of the Dempster Highway for yourself. As the only public highway in Canada that crosses the Arctic Circle, this highway is already pretty unusual. However, add in the remote wilderness and incredible scenery, and your definition changes from unusual to totally spectacular. In fact, the Dempster highway has frequently been described as “one of the most spectacular roads in the world”. We agree! Just south of Inuvik you’ll get a total change of scenery in with the sudden upthrust of the Richardson Mountains, and also have the chance to look out for all that arctic wildlife. The highway is open most of the year, closing just for 6-8 weeks in fall (Oct – Dec) as the rivers freeze, and again in spring (May-June) when they melt.
Another great day-trip option is a combination river and flight tour to Tuktoyaktuk, on the coast of the Beaufort Sea. Franklin dreamed of reaching this spot, but nature conspired against him. Now that the Arctic is accessible to everyone, take this opportunity to see another community. In the morning your boat will take you through the river delta passing traditional camps and looking out for wildlife, while the afternoon will be spent in a small plane seeing the landscape from the vantage point of eagles, and stopping off at points of interest along the way. This, for excellent reason, is one of the most popular ways to see Inuvik’s surroundings.
The townsite of Inuvik itself also offers some great things to see and do. Take a walk down thriving Mackenzie Road, stroll the banks of the river on Boot Lake Trail, see the world’s only arena that has been converted into a community greenhouse (it’s also the most northerly greenhouse in North America), and check out the Inuvik Inukshuk, and soak up the midnight sun.
- Return flights from Edmonton
- Three nights’ accommodation in Inuvik
- Inuvik information pack
- Information and pre-trip advice and planning
- Airfare from your home city to/from Edmonton
- Optional tours and excursions
- Travel Insurance
- Items of a personal nature
Enclosed in a three-sided sandwich of Canada’s largest freshwater Delta (the mouth of the Mackenzie River), the northern fringe of the boreal forest, and the rolling open lands of the tundra, Inuvik occupies a place of rampant diversity and life as the three ecosystems converge. Labyrinthine river channels call for exploration, huge caribou herds range the barren-lands, and wolves, foxes, and the occasional black bear wander up from the forest. All these things conspire to make Inuvik a fairly unique Arctic experience. Add to that the fact that it is located north of the Arctic Circle, far off the edge of any map we normally see, and yet it is still accessible by road and you have the makings of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For the extra-adventurous, driving the Dempster Highway to remote Inuvik is always an option… For everyone else, there are comfortable daily flights from Edmonton and Yellowknife!
Our Touch of the Arctic: INUVIK program is designed to get you started on your northern adventure. It’s a framework to which we can add anything and everything you need to make your vacation truly yours.
Who should visit Inuvik?
Inuvik has plenty to offer for a range of interests. A lively arts and culture scene makes it a good destination for delving into the rich history and exploring the human interaction with the landscape. The transition zone that Inuvik occupies in the natural world makes it a great spot to see wildlife, especially large migrating caribou herds. And if your trip to the Arctic wouldn’t be complete without a vast, touchable wilderness, then Inuvik could be a great destination! The maze of river channels and of course the northern end of the Dempster Highway make exploring the environs of Inuvik straightforward.
If I chose to travel to Inuvik, what might my trip look like?
Remember, what follows is just a flavour of the activities available in Inuvik. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, contact us as we may well be able to make it happen for you.
When should we go to Inuvik?
Inuvik has the most to offer visitors in the summer months when the wildlife is in action and the river is navigable for boats. Contact us to talk about when would be the best time to visit to fulfill your personal interests and dreams.
How long should we visit Inuvik for?
That all depends on how much time you have! If you’re a traveler who doesn’t need a scheduled activity every day, then you might consider staying longer in Inuvik. If you want the chance to experience what is on offer then move on, or combine this destination with other Arctic communities, then two or three days could be best. Inuvik makes a great stopover destination to incorporate into a longer trip, especially if Yellowknife is already on your bucket list. Contact us so we can help you decide what the best option for you are.
This program is a great option as an add-on to our Yellowknife Experience. Please request a quote from Yellowknife.
Contact us to add tour options to your Inuvik adventure. Tour options include, but are not limited to:
- Mackenzie River Delta Tour by boat
- Tuktoyaktuk River Delta Tour by boat and returning to Inuvik by small plane
- Wildlife viewingon the Dempster Highway
- Historical city tour
- Kennel tours at a professional mushing kennel
- Tuktoyaktuk flight tours
Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.