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. 

 

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Intriguing tales from Canada's Northwest Territories

MUSKRAT JAMBOREE

Late March every year

2018 marks the 61st anniversary of the Muskrat Jamboree. This Friday-to-Monday festival features several skills contests, including snowshoe races, dogsledding, tea boiling and log sawing. For an authentic... Read more

Mad Trapper Rendezvous

Late March/early April every year

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

TOP OF THE WORLD SKI LOPPET

Early April every year

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

PEEL RIVER JAMBOREE

Mid-April every year

Fort McPherson's annual spring festival.  Read more

MACKENZIE JAMBOREE

Mid-April every year

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

BELUGA JAMBOREE

Late April every year

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

Inuvialuit Day Celebrations

June 5 every year

Celebrations feature drum dancing and music.  Read more

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS DAY

June 21 every year

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

CANADA DAY

July 1 every year

National holiday with events in all communities. Contact town offices and check community websites for details. Read more

INUVIK - TUKTOYAKTUK HIGHWAY GRAND OPENING

July 6-9, 2018

Celebrations and Northern Games Read more

BILLY JOSS OPEN CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

Third week of July every year

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 13-22, 2018

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

PARKS DAY AT THE PINGOS

Third Saturday of July every year

An opportunity to participate in one of hundreds of unique and fun events taking place at National Parks and sites from coast to coast to coast. Events take place in several NWT communities. Contact local... Read more

LAND OF THE PINGO MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 27-29, 2018

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

DIZZY DAYS

Early September every year

Featuring competitions and fun activities for the whole family. Read more

Arctic Image Festival

October 19-21, 2018

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 contests, take... Read more