Getting to the Western Arctic
For drivers, the Western Arctic is a bit of a detour from the rest of the Northwest Territories, but it's just a hop and a jump from the Yukon and Alaska. The fabled Dempster Highway begins at Dawson City and rolls 734 kilometres through mountain ranges and alpine valleys to Inuvik, passing through the Gwich'in towns of Fort McPherson and Tsiigehtchic en route. In winter, and ice road extends even further – from Inuvik to Aklavik, beside the Richardson Range. And don't forget the new Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway, which will take you from Inuvik to the Arctic coast.
Inuvik is the region's air hub, with regular flights from Yellowknife, Norman Wells and Whitehorse. From Inuvik, smaller carriers can take you onward to most of the region's other communities, as well to Aulavik and Tuktut Nogait national parks.