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'Our Lady of Victory' igloo church



Welcome to the Land of the Midnight Sun and Gateway to the Beaufort Delta. Make Inuvik part of your Arctic adventure. Whether you are looking for northern arts and culture, remote rivers and wilderness, a chance to see Arctic wildlife, or just a place to relax and enjoy the midnight sun - this is your destination! Inuvik has a lot to offer and also provides access to other northern communities and adventures throughout the Western Arctic.

The town at the top of the world is the Northwest Territories' first planned community. Its name translates to "Place of Man." 

With a population of 3,243, Inuvik is the hub of the Arctic. The citizenry is a mix of Inuvialuit, Gwich’in and non-Indigenous settlers, and you will find all these cultures represented at community events. Don’t miss the iconic "Igloo Church" and if you’re into art, there’s no better place to be than Inuvik’s Great Northern Arts Festival in July. While there’s lots to do in Inuvik itself, it also serves as the jumping off point to other adventures such as paddling and hiking trips in Aulavik, Ivvavik and Tuktut Nogait National Parks.

This pretty town offers much to do, no matter the season, but for a perfect Arctic experience, visit during the lively Sunrise Festival when Inuvik welcomes back the sun in early January, late March-early April to see its iconic Reindeer make their way to their calving grounds near Tuktoyaktuk. Or visit anytime in the summer, when the midnight sun doesn't set from May-August and the possibilities for adventure are endless!

Access Inuvik by air, or at the terminus of the iconic Dempster Highway. 

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