Where we live: Sachs Harbour

where we live: sachs harbour

 

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

Location:
71°59′ N, 125°15′ W
 
Elevation:
86 metres
 
Population:
135
 
Named for:
The Mary Sachs, a vessel in explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson’s Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913
 
Traditional name:
Ikaahuk
 
Setting:
On the treeless southwestern coast of Banks Island in the High Arctic
 
Record high/low:
26.0°C / -52.2°C
 
Languages:
Inuvialuktun, English
 
Ethnicities:
Inuvialuit
 
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