A little introduction to 'the place of the grizzly bear.'
Location: 68°13’N, 135°00’W
Elevation: 7 metres
Name Means: Place of the grizzly bear
Founded In: 1912, as a Hudson’s Bay Company post
Motto: Never Say Die
July Mean High: 18.4C
January Mean Low: minus-31.0C
Historic Highlight: In the early 1950s, as many as 1,600 people lived here, making it one of the largest towns in the North
Historic Lowlight: In 1955, Inuvik was constructed to replace Aklavik, which officials feared was doomed by erosion and flooding
Quirky Fact: One of the few Northern settlements with significant populations of both First Nations and Inuit residents
Best daytrip: Taking a spin on the 120-kilometre winter ice-road to Inuvik
Best fest: The Mad Trapper Rendezvous spring carnival
Notable Locals: Ape Okpik (head of “Project Surname”), Nellie Cournoyea (businesswoman, political leader), A.J. “Moose” Kerr (educator), Albert “The Mad Trapper” Johnson (outlaw)
More info: To get the whole story on "the place of the grizzly bear," explore Aklavik.