Aklavik

Aklavik

“Barrenground grizzly place”

Population: 691

This Gwich’in/Inuvialuit town rests on the western flank of the Mackenzie Delta, near to the Richardson Mountains. Once the region’s administrative centre, locals were slated to be moved to Inuvik, but refused – hence their motto, “Never say die.” Don’t miss the grave of the Mad Trapper, the mysterious backwoods killer who led Mounties on one of Canada’s greatest manhunts. Access is by air or water or, in winter, via the ice road from Inuvik. 

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Red Mountain Adventures

Tours of Aklavik and the Mackenzie Delta. Read more

Aklavik Inn

Located in the historic hamlet of Aklavik this bed and breakfast welcomes you. Accomodates 11 guests. Read more

Knut Lang’s Place

The trading post known as Knut Lang’s Place is on the Peel Channel of the Mackenzie Delta, about 48 kilometres upstream from Aklavik. The post was built in the 1930s and includes includes standing log... Read more

The Mad Trapper’s Grave

In the depths of December, 1931, an enigmatic loner calling himself Albert Johnson shot and injured a policeman near the Rat River, not far from Aklavik. He then led authorities on a two-month goose-chase that was... Read more

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY

June 21

Territorial holiday with events in all communities. Contact town offices for details. Read more

HANNA STEWART MEMORIAL LOCHE DERBY

November

This annual ice-fishing derby is fun for the whole family. Exact dates depend on the river ice. Prizes for the heaviest, longest, lightest and shortest loche – a cod-like fish, also called ... Read more

Mad Trapper Jamboree

Easter Weekend

A fun weekend of old ime dancing, dogsled races, snowmobile races and cultural events. Read more