Where we live: Sachs Harbour

where we live: sachs harbour


A little introduction to Ikaahuk – “Place to which you cross”

71°59′ N, 125°15′ W
86 metres
Named for:
The Mary Sachs, a vessel in explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson’s Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913
Traditional name:
On the treeless southwestern coast of Banks Island in the High Arctic
Record high/low:
26.0°C / -52.2°C
Inuvialuktun, English
Getting here:
By air from Inuvik
Founded in:
This is the ancestral territory of the Inuvialuit. Sachs Harbour's roots as a permanent settlement date to 1929, when three Inuit families from the Mackenzie Delta sailed here to harvest valuable pelts form the area's flourishing white fox population. An RCMP post opened here in 1953
Claim to fame:
The world’s first confirmed “grolar bear” – a grizzly/polar bear hybrid – was killed here in 2006
Best expedition:
To nearby Aulavik National Park, home to the Thomsen River, the northernmost commercially guided river in the world
Don’t miss:
Seeing muskoxen. Banks Island is home to three-quarters of the world’s muskox population
More info:
To get the whole story on the “place to which you cross,” explore Sachs Harbour