Western Arctic

The Arctic is a land of icons:

Polar bears. Reindeer. Treeless tundra, sprawling to infinity. High Arctic islands, reaching toward the pole. Beluga. Muskoxen. An ocean, frozen in place, gleaming in the nightless spring. It’s all here, along with the people who call it home – the Gwich’in and Inuvialuit, who’ve thrived here for eons along the mouth of the Mackenzie River and the flanks of the Northwest Passage. 

The Western Arctic is remote, but getting here is half the fun: The Dempster Highway unfurls over the mountains from Dawson City, Yukon, making it the northernmost drive in Canada. Once here, the options are limitless: Explore bustling Inuvik, built in the 1950s like a space-base in the Far North. Boat through the maze-like Delta, rife with rare birds and beasts. See two national parks: Aulavik and Tuktut Nogait. And visit a medley of idyllic villages, from friendly Fort McPherson to Ulukhaktok, site of the farthest-north golf tournament on Earth. 

 

Our Stories

Intriguing tales from Canada's Northwest Territories
$2,690CAD plus GST

Cabin to cabin sledding (Silver)

Arctic Adventure Tours

Arctic Adventure Tours is offering an unforgettable dog-sled experience – a journey from Inuvik into the Mackenzie Delta and up to the treeless Arctic tundra. A side trip by snowmobile is included to visit the historic Canadian reindeer herd in its winter grazing area. Read more

$1,885CAD plus GST

Reindeer Tour Package (Bronze) - edited

Arctic Adventure Tours

Experience an overnight snowmobile trip to our Arctic tundra camp to visit real-live reindeer and see Northern Lights! Then journey by van on the famous ice road to Tuktoyaktuk. Also included: town town, four nights’ stay at our Arctic Chalet, and dog sledding with our famous white huskies. Read more

Parks Canada - Western Arctic Field Unit

Parks Canada, Western Arctic protects several sites in the Western Arctic in the Northwest Territories. All are co-managed through land claim organizations. Aulavik National Park, Tuktut Nogait National Park, and the... Read more

North-Wright Airways Ltd.

North-Wright Airways is the Sahtu Region's premier air service. We are located 145 km (90 miles) south of the Arctic Circle in the heart of the Sahtu Region, at Norman Wells, Northwest Territories and we have bases in... Read more

Pokiak Guiding and Outfitting

Guided hunting, community tours of Tuktoyaktuk and much more. Visit a local home to enjoy a unique opportunity to appreciate the lifestyle of the Inuvialuit people. Read more

Chuck Gruben's Guiding and Outfitting

Chuck Gruben is an active Inuvialuit hunter and trapper very knowledgeable in the Tuktoyaktuk area offering customized tours (hunting, hiking, bird watching, fishing) available on request.   Read more

Andre's Place

Located in a quiet, residential area just minutes from downtown, Andre's Place is Inuvik's newest getaway. Read more

The Great Canadian Travel Company

Since 1981, The Great Canadian Travel Company has specialized in travel to Canada's north. Offering airfares from around the world, hotels, lodges and customized tours including Aurora, cultural, eco and wildlife,... Read more

Town of Inuvik

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... Read more

Ulukhaktok Arts Centre

Located in Ulukhaktok Northwest Territories, the Ulukhaktok Arts Centre has spent decades employing local artisans from the community. Formally the Holman Print Shop, the Centre produces prints, muskox carvings, qiviut... Read more

Tundra North Tours Ltd.

Thinking about visiting Canada's North? Let us organize your trip so you can focus on enjoying your #AuthenticArcticExperience! Local tour operator offering tours in the Mackenzie Delta area, including boat and flight... Read more

Happy Valley Territorial Park

Located in the heart of Inuvik, this park offers 19 powered and eight non-powered sites, and convenient access to the town’s attractions. The park is situated on a bluff overlooking the east branch of the Mackenzie... Read more

Ja'k Territorial Park

Just outside Inuvik, this park features an observation tower with excellent views of the surrounding scenery and prime bird-watching. Watch for falcons, eagles and ducks, our summer residents. There is an abundance... Read more

Nitainlaii Territorial Park

This park is perched on a cliff overlooking the Peel River and surrounded by stands of white birch and white spruce trees. It's an ideal place to unwind for a few nights on the long journey up or down the Dempster. The... Read more

Vadzaih Van Tshik Campground (Gwich'in Territorial Park)

Nestled on the side of Caribou Creek approxiumately 40 kilometres north of Tsiigehtchic on the Dempster Highway, Vadzaih Van Tshik Campground is well-protected from the elements by the steep cliffs nearby... Read more

Gwich'in Territorial Campground (Gwich'in Territorial Park)

Enjoy the spectacular shoreline of Campbell Lake, try your luck fishing, hike in search of unique rocks and fossils, or hit the beach for a swim above the Arctic Circle. There are just a few of the options... Read more

Complete Expeditions Inc.

With decades of knowledge and experience, Complete Expeditions (ComEx), is a premier licensed guiding and outfitting company, specializing in the world’s last frontier: The Northwest Passage. ComEx provides yacht/... Read more

Got Muktuk Inc.

Our mission is to provide information about Arctic communities - the kind you won't find in a visitor's guide. In addition, we promote a line of "got muktuk" clothing and souvenirs.For information, visit  our new... Read more

Moe's Stationary

Stationary, office supplies, souvenir items, gifts, and more.  Read more

Capital Suites - Inuvik

Welcome to Capital Suites Inuvik, where we consistently provide a clean, friendly and professional environment for you. Your spices are waiting, as we know you will want to cook in our exquisitely appointed suites. Come... Read more

Peel River Inn

Adventurers and explorers have used the Peel River Inn as the place to stay since 1972. Boasting the most modern guest rooms, banquet and conference centre in Western NWT, the Peel River Inns North hotel has the staff... Read more

Paulatuk Visitors Centre Hotel

Ten comfortable rooms with private showers and TV. Read more

Originals on Mackenzie

Northern and local arts and crafts, carvings, clothing, gifts and diamonds. Open year-round. Closed Sundays. Read more

Nova Inn

A state-of-the-art hotel opened in 2005. Convenient access to the business section of town and the hospital. Read more

Midnight Express Tours

We offer boat cruises on Mackenzie Delta. Custom tours can be arranged to accommodate anyone. Read more

Mackenzie Hotel

Centrally located in downtown Inuvik, the Mackenzie Hotel offers a wide range of lavishly appointed suites and guest services. Whether your travel is for business or leisure, we have all the essentials to fill your... Read more

Kuptana's Guest House

Accommodations in the hamlet of Sachs Harbour. Read more

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

We Specialize in arts and crafts by Inuvialuit artists, also products made from qivuit, the extra warm, light weight wool of the muskox.   Read more

Gwich'in Helicopters Ltd.

Helicopter charters out of Inuvik to locations throughout the Mackenzie Delta, including Tuktoyaktuk. Read more

Fort McPherson Tent and Canvas

Fort McPherson Tent and Canvas Shop is located above the Arctic Circle in a Gwich'€™in community of approximately 800 people. Today, a wide array of durable and practical arctic tough items are available. Read more

First Air

Canada’s largest diverse airline with a reputation as the leading “Airline of the North.” Read more

Eagle Plains Hotel / Service Station

Thirty five kilometres south of the Arctic Circle. Located on the Dempster Highway at kilometre 371. Read more

Canadian North

Scheduled passenger, cargo, and charter flight service. Connections from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut to domestic and international destinations. Enjoy Aurora Class service and collect Aeroplan points. Read more

Boreal Books

Books, maps, souvenirs and gifts, locally produced arts and crafts in downtown Inuvik. Read more

Bathurst Arctic Services

Paddle our Arctic rivers! Canoe outfitting in the Central Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Burnside, Mara, Hood, Thelon, Back, Coppermine Rivers and more. One call does it all; we arrange air transport, rent canoes,... Read more

Banks Island Tundra Tours

Sightseeing, camping trips, snowmobiling and ATV and boat trips. Banks Island Tundra Tours is mostly for people who like camping. Read more

Arctic Char Inn

Ulukhaktok has traditionally been a meeting and resting place for Arctic travellers for thousands of years. Experience Arctic hospitality at its best at the Arctic Char Inn.  Read more

Arctic Chalet

Enjoy comfort and northern hospitality at the Arctic Chalet! Our log home and historic log cabins have that charming northern flair along with the convenience of modern facilities. We are located on a beautifully... Read more

Aklavik Inn

Located in the historic hamlet of Aklavik this bed and breakfast welcomes you. Accomodates 11 guests. Read more

Aklak Air

Scheduled air transportation to Paulatuk, Tuktoyaktuk, Sachs Harbour, Ulukhaktok and seasonally to Fort McPherson out of Inuvik and air charter service to anywhere in the Western Arctic. Read more

Air North, Yukon's Airline

Experience authentic Yukon hospitality and complimentary meals on-board our frequent, comfortable, and affordable jet service to Yellowknife from Ottawa and Whitehorse–as well as from Whitehorse to Inuvik. Read more

Adventure Canada

Family owned and operated tour company specializing in Arctic expedition cruising. Read more

Quark Expeditions

The leading operator of expedition voyages to the Polar Regions. Read more

Arctic Ocean Tuk Tours/ Rendezvous Lake Lodge

We run a small all-inclusive lodge that can handle ten people at a time. From this lodge we organize hunting parties, wildlife tours and photography parties. Hiking, ATV, and custom designed tours are available. Explore... Read more

Smitty's Bed and Breakfast

Smitty's Bed and Breakfast is located at 608 Kitti Road in beautiful Tuktoyaktuk near the Arctic Ocean. Read more

The Café Gallery

Come and enjoy specialty coffees like cappuccinos and lattes while munching on delicious snacks like soup, sandwiches, muffins and desserts. Read more

Tonimoes Restaurant and Shivers Lounge

The Mackenzie Hotel is proud to present our first class dining room, Tonimoes. Read more

Northwest Territories Parks

To truly experience the Northwest Territories, take your camping gear for a highway driving adventure! Long ribbons of road without traffic jams or urban clutter take you through vast landscapes with unrivaled vistas -... Read more

Tsiigehtchic Tourist Centre

Tsiigehtchic means "mouth of the iron river" in the Gwichya Gwich'in dialect. It is located on a hill above where the Mackenzie and the Arctic Red River meet. The community was known as Arctic Red River until April 1st... Read more

Tuktoyaktuk Vehicle Rentals/Tours

Community tours of Tuktoyaktuk. Pick-up trucks and suburbans for rent. Read more

Tuktu Bed and Breakfast

Accommodates up to five guests with use of kitchen for meals. Continental breakfast served. Satellite TV and phone shared. Read more

Ulukhaktok Adventures Ltd.

Big game hunts since 1999. Polar bear, muskox, wolves and caribou. Hunts between 5 and 14 days. Please call for details.  Read more

Yukon, Department of Tourism & Culture

The Yukon Territory borders the Northwest Territories to the west. Road access to Inuvik, NWT and the Dempster Highway and the western end of the Canol Trail is via the Yukon.     Read more

Beaufort Sea Adventures

Live a day in the life of an Eskimo! Specializing in polar bear and muskox hunts for up to four people from traditional camp near Tuktoyaktuk. Also providing scenic Pingo tours, beluga whale watching, bird watching and... Read more

Hunters B&B

Hunter's B&B is your luxurious accommodation located in beautiful Tuktoyaktuk. Read more

Arctic Tour Company

Ask us about our day packages and tours of the area!  Read more

Western Arctic Regional Visitor Centre

Your one stop shop for all information realted to the Western Arctic! Read more

Dempster/Delta Visitor Information Centre

Information on driving the Dempster Highway, the Inuvik region and other parts of the NWT. Read more

Alestine's

Serving local caught fish and chips, reindeer dishes, and specialty desserts in a unique outdoor location near Happy Valley Campground in the heart of Inuvik. Read more

Nautchiaq Fur Shop

Looking for some unique arts and crafts on your visit to Tuk? Look no further!  Open daily: 10am-5pm  Can't make it during these hours? Give us a call for after hours appointments or for tour groups... Read more

Gruben's Bed and Breakfast

Stay at Gruben’s Bed and Breakfast and enjoy northern hospitality at its best.  Read more

Red Mountain Adventures

Tours of Aklavik and the Mackenzie Delta. Read more

MGM Bus Services

Charter services along the Dempster Highway. Read more

Joanne's Taxi

Taxi service and tours in Tuktoyaktuk. Read more

Gwich'in Tribal Council

Providing a great selection of traditional Gwich’in arts and crafts. Read more

IRC Craft Shop

Specializing in arts and crafts by local Inuvialuit artists. Our office is located on the main floor of the Inuvialuit Corporate Centre. Please stop by or shop online. Read more

Cloud Nine

Cafe at the Inuvik Airport. Read more

Tsiigehtchic Tourist Centre

The name of Tsiigehtchic means "at the mouth of the iron river" in the Gwichya Gwich'in dialect. It is located at the confluence of the Mackenzie River and the Arctic Red River. Tsiigehtchic has a population of less... Read more

Inuvik Community Greenhouse

The most northern commercial and community greenhouse in North America, and the largest of its kind in the world with over 16,000 square feet of space in an old hockey arena. Scheduled tours available June-September.... Read more

Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church (the Igloo Church)

Tours available during the summer months. See website for schedule and further details. Read more

Road's End Golf Club

The only licenced golf course north of sixty to boast of six holes complete with grassed fairways and artificial greens constructed from a former gravel pit. Read more

End of the Road Inn

The End of the Road Inn has eight rooms with full shared kitchen and bathroom. Laundry services are avaliable on site. Please contact us for rates and availability.  Read more

Andre's Place

Located in a quiet, residential area just minutes from downtown, Andre's Place is Inuvik's newest getaway. Read more

Happy Valley Territorial Park

Located in the heart of Inuvik, this park offers 19 powered and eight non-powered sites, and convenient access to the town’s attractions. The park is situated on a bluff overlooking the east branch of the Mackenzie... Read more

Ja'k Territorial Park

Just outside Inuvik, this park features an observation tower with excellent views of the surrounding scenery and prime bird-watching. Watch for falcons, eagles and ducks, our summer residents. There is an abundance... Read more

Nitainlaii Territorial Park

This park is perched on a cliff overlooking the Peel River and surrounded by stands of white birch and white spruce trees. It's an ideal place to unwind for a few nights on the long journey up or down the Dempster. The... Read more

Vadzaih Van Tshik Campground (Gwich'in Territorial Park)

Nestled on the side of Caribou Creek approxiumately 40 kilometres north of Tsiigehtchic on the Dempster Highway, Vadzaih Van Tshik Campground is well-protected from the elements by the steep cliffs nearby... Read more

Gwich'in Territorial Campground (Gwich'in Territorial Park)

Enjoy the spectacular shoreline of Campbell Lake, try your luck fishing, hike in search of unique rocks and fossils, or hit the beach for a swim above the Arctic Circle. There are just a few of the options... Read more

Capital Suites - Inuvik

Welcome to Capital Suites Inuvik, where we consistently provide a clean, friendly and professional environment for you. Your spices are waiting, as we know you will want to cook in our exquisitely appointed suites. Come... Read more

Peel River Inn

Adventurers and explorers have used the Peel River Inn as the place to stay since 1972. Boasting the most modern guest rooms, banquet and conference centre in Western NWT, the Peel River Inns North hotel has the staff... Read more

Paulatuk Visitors Centre Hotel

Ten comfortable rooms with private showers and TV. Read more

Nova Inn

A state-of-the-art hotel opened in 2005. Convenient access to the business section of town and the hospital. Read more

Mackenzie Hotel

Centrally located in downtown Inuvik, the Mackenzie Hotel offers a wide range of lavishly appointed suites and guest services. Whether your travel is for business or leisure, we have all the essentials to fill your... Read more

Kuptana's Guest House

Accommodations in the hamlet of Sachs Harbour. Read more

Eagle Plains Hotel / Service Station

Thirty five kilometres south of the Arctic Circle. Located on the Dempster Highway at kilometre 371. Read more

Arctic Char Inn

Ulukhaktok has traditionally been a meeting and resting place for Arctic travellers for thousands of years. Experience Arctic hospitality at its best at the Arctic Char Inn.  Read more

Arctic Chalet

Enjoy comfort and northern hospitality at the Arctic Chalet! Our log home and historic log cabins have that charming northern flair along with the convenience of modern facilities. We are located on a beautifully... Read more

Aklavik Inn

Located in the historic hamlet of Aklavik this bed and breakfast welcomes you. Accomodates 11 guests. Read more

Arctic Ocean Tuk Tours/ Rendezvous Lake Lodge

We run a small all-inclusive lodge that can handle ten people at a time. From this lodge we organize hunting parties, wildlife tours and photography parties. Hiking, ATV, and custom designed tours are available. Explore... Read more

Smitty's Bed and Breakfast

Smitty's Bed and Breakfast is located at 608 Kitti Road in beautiful Tuktoyaktuk near the Arctic Ocean. Read more

Northwest Territories Parks

To truly experience the Northwest Territories, take your camping gear for a highway driving adventure! Long ribbons of road without traffic jams or urban clutter take you through vast landscapes with unrivaled vistas -... Read more

Tuktu Bed and Breakfast

Accommodates up to five guests with use of kitchen for meals. Continental breakfast served. Satellite TV and phone shared. Read more

Hunters B&B

Hunter's B&B is your luxurious accommodation located in beautiful Tuktoyaktuk. Read more

Gruben's Bed and Breakfast

Stay at Gruben’s Bed and Breakfast and enjoy northern hospitality at its best.  Read more

End of the Road Inn

The End of the Road Inn has eight rooms with full shared kitchen and bathroom. Laundry services are avaliable on site. Please contact us for rates and availability.  Read more

Andre's Place

Located in a quiet, residential area just minutes from downtown, Andre's Place is Inuvik's newest getaway. Read more

Ulukhaktok Arts Centre

Located in Ulukhaktok Northwest Territories, the Ulukhaktok Arts Centre has spent decades employing local artisans from the community. Formally the Holman Print Shop, the Centre produces prints, muskox carvings, qiviut... Read more

Got Muktuk Inc.

Our mission is to provide information about Arctic communities - the kind you won't find in a visitor's guide. In addition, we promote a line of "got muktuk" clothing and souvenirs.For information, visit  our new... Read more

Moe's Stationary

Stationary, office supplies, souvenir items, gifts, and more.  Read more

Originals on Mackenzie

Northern and local arts and crafts, carvings, clothing, gifts and diamonds. Open year-round. Closed Sundays. Read more

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

We Specialize in arts and crafts by Inuvialuit artists, also products made from qivuit, the extra warm, light weight wool of the muskox.   Read more

Fort McPherson Tent and Canvas

Fort McPherson Tent and Canvas Shop is located above the Arctic Circle in a Gwich'€™in community of approximately 800 people. Today, a wide array of durable and practical arctic tough items are available. Read more

Boreal Books

Books, maps, souvenirs and gifts, locally produced arts and crafts in downtown Inuvik. Read more

The Café Gallery

Come and enjoy specialty coffees like cappuccinos and lattes while munching on delicious snacks like soup, sandwiches, muffins and desserts. Read more

Tonimoes Restaurant and Shivers Lounge

The Mackenzie Hotel is proud to present our first class dining room, Tonimoes. Read more

Alestine's

Serving local caught fish and chips, reindeer dishes, and specialty desserts in a unique outdoor location near Happy Valley Campground in the heart of Inuvik. Read more

Nautchiaq Fur Shop

Looking for some unique arts and crafts on your visit to Tuk? Look no further!  Open daily: 10am-5pm  Can't make it during these hours? Give us a call for after hours appointments or for tour groups... Read more

Gwich'in Tribal Council

Providing a great selection of traditional Gwich’in arts and crafts. Read more

IRC Craft Shop

Specializing in arts and crafts by local Inuvialuit artists. Our office is located on the main floor of the Inuvialuit Corporate Centre. Please stop by or shop online. Read more

Cloud Nine

Cafe at the Inuvik Airport. Read more

HANNA STEWART MEMORIAL LOCHE DERBY

November

This annual ice-fishing derby is fun for the whole family. Exact dates depend on the river ice. Prizes for the heaviest, longest, lightest and shortest loche – a cod-like fish, also called ... Read more

SUNRISE FESTIVAL

January 6-8

Every December the sun sets for the last time below the horizon, and after nearly 30 days of darkness the return of the sun is celebrated at the annual Inuvik Sunrise Festival. Read more

ARCTIC IMAGE FESTIVAL

Late February

Celebrate images from the Arctic (north of the Arctic Circle and Nunavut). Images captured in photos and short videos will be featured during the festival. Competition is open to everyone and has professional, amateur... Read more

TOP OF THE WORLD SKI LOPPET

March

This annual event organized by the Inuvik Ski Club invites athletes to compete in six different races ranging from 150 metres to 150 kilometres. Read more

END OF THE ROAD MUSIC FESTIVAL

Mid-March

Two fantastic days of music, dancing and festivities. Read more

PAULATUK FISHING DERBY

April

Come for the lake trout. Stay for the bragging rights. Contests include biggest, longest and smallest fish. Then enjoy the community feast. Read more

PEEL RIVER JAMBOREE

Mid-April

Fort McPherson's annual spring festival.  Read more

MACKENZIE RIVER JAMBOREE

Late April

The annual community spring festival features dogsled races, traditional games and snowmobile races. Read more

BELUGA JAMBOREE

Mid-April

Celebrate springtime on the Arctic coast. Exciting events and contests include snowmobile races, log sawing, harpoon throwing, drum dancing, igloo building and square dancing. Read more

Annual Reindeer Crossing

April 9

Each spring a managed herd of 3000+ Reindeer make their way from the foothills to cross the frozen Machenzie River Ice Road on their way to their calving grounds. Don't miss this awe-inspiring sight. Read more

Mad Trapper Jamboree

Easter Weekend

A fun weekend of old ime dancing, dogsled races, snowmobile races and cultural events. Read more

WHITE FOX JAMBOREE

First week in May

A community festival featuring traditional events and the celebration of spring. Read more

Arctic Image Festival

June

Here you will see the beauty of the Arctic come alive through photographs of this amazing part of the world. The festival will be held in Inuvik at The Midnight Sun Complex. Feel free to enter one of our... Read more

SUMMER SOLSTICE FUN RUN

Mid-June

Sign up for a 5K, 10K or half-marathon run beneath the stunning midnight sun. Read more

KINGALIK JAMBOREE

Father’s Day Weekend

Celebrate the return of the kingalik (king elder duck) with traditional events such as tea-boiling, duck plucking, fish filleting and seal skinning. Also scheduled are outings with families to greet... Read more

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY

June 21

Territorial holiday with events in all communities. Contact town offices for details. Read more

BILLY JOSS OPEN CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

July

Each summer the Billy Joss Open Celebrity Golf Tournament is held to raise funds for literacy programs in the North. The three-day tournament includes both day and night golfing under the 24-hour sun. Read more

GREAT NORTHERN ARTS FESTIVAL

July 14-23

This annual festival features up to 80 visual artists and 40 performers from across the North who gather each summer in Inuvik to celebrate the diversity that is Canada’s Arctic. There are Inuit, Inuvialuit, Gwich’in,... Read more

CANOE DAYS

August

Canoe races, talent shows, a jigging/dancing contest and drum dancing. Read more

IKHALUKPIK JAMBOREE

August

Celebrate the return of the Arctic char with traditional games, drum dances, crib night, a jamboree king and queen contest, good man and woman competitions, and other events. Read more

MIDWAY LAKE FESTIVAL

August

Music festival attracting old-time fiddlers as well as local bands. Bring a tent. Food and crafts available. Held at Midway Lake, 30 kilometres from Fort McPherson on the Dempster Highway. Bus service from... Read more

PINGO MUSIC FESTIVAL

Early August

Music festival featuring local performers, jigging contest and a cookout. Read more

FALL FAIR

Early September

 Games for all ages, plus a BBQ, face painting and a gardening competition. Held at the Inuvik Community Greenhouse Read more

DIZZY DAZE

September long weekend

A fall celebration featuring casinos, competitions and fun activities for the whole family. All events held in the Sittichinli Recreation Centre. Read more