A little introduction to Inuvik, 'the place of people.'
Location: 68º18’ N, 133º 28’ W
Elevation: 68 metres
Name Means: ‘Place of people’
Former Name: New Aklavik, East Three
Founded In: 1958, as a replacement for flood-prone Aklavik
Claim to Fame: Biggest Canadian town above Arctic Circle
Visit For: The Great Northern Arts Festival
Best Daytrip: Flightseeing tour to Tuktoyaktuk
Best Expedition: Visiting Herschel Island or Aulavik National Park
Historic Highlight: Building the town from scratch atop permafrost
Historic Lowlight: Military leaves in 1985, followed by ’86 oil-price collapse
Notable Locals: Nellie Cournoyea (business woman, politician), Fred Carmichael (businessman, politician), Mike Zubko (bush pilot)
More info: For the whole story on this Western Arctic hub, explore Inuvik.