Where we live: Tuktoyaktuk

Where we live: tuktoyaktuk

 

A little introduction to Tuktoyaktuk, the place that “looks like a caribou”

Location:  
69°27′ N, 133°02′ W
 
Elevation:  
5 metres
 
Population:  
854
 
Name means:  
“It looks like a caribou”
 
Nickname:  
Tuk
 
Setting:  
On a low peninsula jutting into Kugmallit Bay, part of the Arctic Ocean, at the eastern tip of the Mackenzie River Delta
 
Former name:  
Port Brabant
 
Languages:  
Inuvialuktun, English
 
Getting there:  
By air or winter ice-road from Inuvik (an all season highway is scheduled to open in 2017)
 
Founded In:  
1928, when a Hudson Bay Company post was constructed here, attracting large numbers of Inuvialuit   
 
Claims to fame:  
First Indigenous community in Canada to official revert to its traditional name (in 1950); inspiration for the popular “Tuk U” novelty t-shirt
 
Visit for:  
Beluga Jamboree (mid-April); Pingo Music Festival (mid-August); dipping your toe in the Arctic Ocean
 
Best daytrip:  
To the top of nearby 49-metre-high Ibyuk Pingo, the second-tallest pingo in the world, which grows two centimetres per year
 
Best expedition:  
Polar bear or caribou sporthunting with an Inuvialuit outfitter; boating with a local guide to the commercial whaling ghost town of Herschel Island
 
Historic highlight:  
Site of the 1995 Molson Ice Polar Beach Party, featuring bands like Metallica and Hole
 
Notable local:  
Nellie Cournoyea, first female premier of a Canadian province or territory
 
More info:  
To get the whole story on the “pingo capital of Canada,” explore Tuktoyaktuk