Paulatuuq – “Place of coal”

Population: 304

Near the western mouth of the Northwest Passage, this is a small, traditional Inuvialuit community with deep roots in hunting, trapping and Arctic-char fishing. It’s also a basecamp for trips to Tuktut Nogait National Park, the Cape Parry Bird Sanctuary, and the Smoking Hills, a perpetually burning coal seam. Access is by air from Inuvik. 


Our Stories

Intriguing tales from Canada's Northwest Territories

Parks Canada / National Parks & Historic Sites

Four National Parks are located in the Northwest Territories: Aulavik, Nahanni National Park Reverve, Tuktut Nogait and Wood Buffalo National Park. Read more

Aklak Air

Scheduled air transportation to Paulatuk, Tuktoyaktuk, Sachs Harbour, Ulukhaktok and seasonally to Fort McPherson out of Inuvik and air charter service to anywhere in the Western Arctic. Read more

Paulatuk Visitors Centre Hotel

Ten comfortable rooms with private showers and TV. Read more


June 21

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