When you arrive in Inuvik, one of the first things you’ll likely notice is the vibrant colours–a pleasant surprise for an Arctic community. Brightly coloured houses and unique architecture dot the landscape, with influences from many different cultures, it’s a fascinating and diverse place to visit. This little town bursts to life in the summer, when the Midnight Sun allows for nonstop fun. And even though it’s just 97km south of the Arctic Ocean–and 200km north of the Arctic Circle–Inuvik enjoys the comforts of bigger-city living.

Situated on the East Channel of the Mackenzie Delta and connecting to 10,000 kilometres of Delta channels, there’s no shortage of trails to explore on your snowmobile. Winter is also a great time to try some cold-weather adventuring–ice road driving, curling, and dog sledding. With seven months of snow cover, skiing is also a popular pastime. Don’t forget to keep your eyes on the skies to check out the Aurora Borealis during the winter.

During the summer, visitors can explore the stunning wilderness that surrounds Inuvik, or stay busy and active in local parks, such as Happy Valley Territorial Park, and on the area’s many multipurpose trails. Don’t miss the Arctic Market every Saturday during the summer, where you can browse locally-made crafts, food, and artwork.

Make sure you stop by the Igloo Church, Inuvik’s most famous attraction. Built in 1960, this one-of-a-kind structure is unlike any other church you’ve visited!

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Departure Date: 18 Jul 2024

Inuvik at a Glance

3,243 (2017)

-17 °C

Wind NW at 16 km/h, 71% Humidity

Time Zone:
Mountain Daylight Time
62.48 km²
Fast Facts:
Inuvik officially became a village on April 1, 1967–the first incorporated municipality north of the Arctic Circle. In 1970, oil was discovered nearby, followed by natural gas in 1971 in the Mackenzie Delta.

Inuvik’s name means “place of man”.

The Dempster Highway provides access to Inuvik for most of the year, but ferries and bridges to cross the nearby rivers are closed during the time of freeze-up (late October to mid-December) and thaw (mid-May to mid-June).

Footsteps across a frozen lake dusted with fresh snow

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Celebrate the Midnight Sun, immerse yourself in northern culture, or enjoy performances by talented musicians–see what’s happening in Inuvik.

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