Inuvik (Inuvvik - “place of man”) is the largest town north of the Arctic Circle and is located on the Mackenzie River Delta – Canada’s largest freshwater delta. It’s close to the Arctic Ocean with a view of the Richardson Mountains.
Inuvik is a government, transportation and business hub for the entire region, serving both Inuvialuit and Gwich’in settlement areas. At one time the centre for oil and gas exploration in the Arctic, Inuvik continues in its role as a heavy industry service centre for the region. The Inuvialuit Development Corporation has established joint ventures with a variety of businesses. The annual Inuvik Petroleum Show has the town bursting with business, government and industry representatives from across Canada and around the world. Another summer attraction is the annual Northern Arts and Cultural Festival, that draws northern artists and international visitors. Several hotels and restaurants cater to travelers on business or vacation.
This multicultural town is 1,931 km north of Edmonton, 10 degrees further west than Vancouver and eight degrees above the Arctic Circle.
Inuvik has daily air connections via Canadian North and First Air from southern Canada. Air North connects from the Yukon, and Aklak Air and North-Wright Airways Ltd. provide regional services. The Dempster Highway connects Inuvik to Dawson City, Yukon, and allows year round service during open water and winter ice season. Ice roads connect Aklavik and Tuktoyaktuk to Inuvik in the winter season.
One new super school houses K to 12 and there’s an Aurora College campus in Inuvik. High speed Internet connections are available. Community services include a large recreation complex with arena, curling, pool and squash facilities. Golf facilities are expanding. There’s a hospital and medical services, several restaurants, a busy retail sector and an RCMP detachment.