Though both are rich in Inuvialuit culture, the two eponymous communities at either end of the Inuvik-Tuk road offer vastly different experiences to visitors who venture this far North.
This town above the Arctic Circle is the Northwest Territories' first planned community. With a population of just over 3,000 people, Inuvik is the hub of the Western Arctic. The citizenry is a mix of Inuvialuit, Gwich’in and non-Indigenous settlers and you will find all of 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. Learn more about Inuvik.
This traditional Inuvialuit hamlet of about 900 people sits right on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. Its name comes from the Inuvialuktun word meaning resembling a caribou and it has the distinction of being the first community in Canada to revert to its traditional name. Because of its remoteness, Tuktoyaktuk is a prime place to experience the contrast between traditional and modern lifestyles.