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Inuvik, N.W.T., Canada
The Village of Inuvik is located in the remote northwest region of the Northwest Territories (N.W.T.), Canada - often referred to as the Arctic Circle. 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.
In the traditional native language of the Inuvialuit people Inuvik means, " Living Place". It is easy to see why. In every direction there is amazing scenery. To the east are the Richardson Mountains. To the west are the tributaries of the Mackenzie Delta. To the south is the beginning of the arctic tundra. To the north is the Beaufort Sea and the Arctic Ocean. And - in some months - straight up in the sky are the Northern Lights.
Inuvik, N.W.T. is Canada's largest community above the Arctic Circle. It is the transportation, service and commercial centre servicing visitors and the surrounding remote villages of Aklavik, Fort McPherson, Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour, Tuktoyaktuk, Tsiigehtchic and Ulukhaktok.
The community caters to the entire Western Arctic Region and provides many services important to travelers. Some of the services provided for travelers include accommodations, campgrounds, tours, guides, outfitters, bank, grocery store, gas station, restaurants, internet, taxi, bus service, car rentals and airport.
Access to Inuvik is via a highway and airport. The highway is called the Dempster Highway and it starts in the Yukon Territory (near Dawson City) and travels north 736 kilometres along a rough and rugged gravel road.
It is a road which should not be traveled without a spare tire, liquids, snacks, full tank of gas and an overnight emergency kit. When well prepared the road to Inuvik is a sightseeing "dream come true" of northern landscapes inlcuding plateaus, lowlands, mountains, wetlands, boreal forest and Arctic tundra.
Air travel is another mode of transportation used to access the northern village of Inuvik, Northwest Territoires. There are airlines, charter planes operating from the local airport and float planes taking off from nearby waterways.
Inuvik, Northwest Territory, Canada is a year round adventure destination. The community is the gateway to 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, ice roads are built and the snow blankets the entire region. The ice roads lead to some of the remote villages and to some of the winter adventure destinations. Winter activities include snowmobiling, ice fishing, dog sledding and the Northern Lights.
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