Where we live: Inuvik

Where we live: Inuvik


A little introduction to Inuvik, 'the place of people.'

Location: 68º18’ N, 133º 28’ W

Elevation: 68 metres

Population: 3,484

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.