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Aerial view of Aklavik



Close to the Richardson Mountains, this Gwich'in/Inuvialuit town rests on the western flank of the Mackenzie Delta. Aklavik, which means "Barrenground Grizzly Place," was the former administrative centre of the Western Arctic. When locals refused to move, Aklavik earned its motto, "Never say die.” While Inuvik now serves as the administrative centre, about 600 locals in Aklavik keep the tradition alive.

When you visit, be sure to check out the grave of the Mad Trapper, who led Mounties on one of Canada's all-time greatest manhunts in 1932.

Access to Aklavik is by air, or winter road from Inuvik.

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