Getting Here

Travelling to Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada, is truly the trip of a lifetime. Inuvik, meaning "Place of Man" in Inuvialuktun, is the northernmost community in North America accessible by public road. (68°18'N, 133°29'W)

Once here, you can take advantage of a wonderful range of activities and cultural events, and a surprising choice of hotels, bed and breakfasts, and restaurants offering local cuisine and hospitality. The Inuvik Visitor's Centre, Inuvik Centennial Library, and the Aurora Research Institute schedule diverse programming catering to our visitors throughout the summer months. Tour operators offer packages to suit every taste and budget, from flight-seeing on the Arctic Coast, to active river adventures with experienced local guides. Or simply hike out "on the land," as the Gwich'in and Inuvialuit have for centuries, marvelling under the midnight sun at the beauty of our north country. Oh, and the weather? Usually the temperature hovers around 20 degrees Celsius (68° F) during the Festival. (Of course there's always a chance it'll snow too!)

By Air

Canadian North

Canadian North is our Official Carrier, and they carry our highest recommendation. Canadian North and its founding companies (CAI, PWA, Transair, Nordair) have served the North for over 75 years. This airline, 100% owned by Aboriginals, is a striving healthy company that provides superior service to all northerners including the over 30,000 shareholders (Inuvialuit and Inuit of Nunavut) that own it.

Reservations: 1 800 661-1505
Web site :

Make sure you mention Canadian North's special airfares to the Great Northern Arts Festival to your travel agent!

By Road

Dempster Highway

The Dempster Highway takes you across the Great Divide, over three mountain ranges, across the Arctic Circle and by ferry over the mighty Mackenzie River. Every summer hundreds of adventurers drive up the highway using vehicles from huge luxury R.V.s to bicycles. Whether you choose a driving holiday or take advantage of Canadian North's seat sale during our Festival, travel above the Arctic Circle is an experience you should not miss!

Perhaps the most comprehensive guide to road travel in the North is MilePost - a virtual encyclopedia of information on arctic road travel, encompassing Alaska, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territory, and Northern British Columbia. Any traveller heading our way would do well to have a copy onboard.

If you are planning to make the trip by road, make sure you contact NWT Tourism and request the "Road Touring Guide"!

For more information on planning travel in the Northwest Territories, please contact NWT Tourism.

You can reach NWT Tourism toll-free within the US and Canada : 1-800-661-0788


NWT Tourism
Box 610, Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2N5 Canada
Tel: (867) 873-5007
Fax: (867) 873-4059 

Inuvik - Land of the Midnight Sun

Inuvik, NT

Land of the Midnight Sun and Gateway to the Beaufort-Delta. On behalf of Town Council and the residents of Inuvik, we are pleased that you have made Inuvik a part of your Arctic adventure. Located 2 degrees above the Arctic Circle on the scenic Mackenzie River and Delta, Inuvik offers you a wide range of services and experiences to make your visit enjoyable and memorable. Inuvik (place of people) is the homeland of the Inuvialuit and Gwich'in and a wide variety of other aboriginal and non-aboriginal people and cultures.

Inuvik is a place of rich diversity, located on the Mackenzie Delta - Canada's largest fresh water delta, close to the Arctic Ocean, with a spectacular view of the Richardson Mountains. Inuvik is nested between the treeless tundra and the northern boreal forest, and overlooks the incredible maze of lakes and streams of the Delta. 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 - Inuvik is your destination. Inuvik has a lot to offer and is also the gateway to other northern communities and adventures.

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