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Igloo Church

Boot Lake Trail

Boot Lake Trail is operational year-round and provides its visitors with an excellent location to walk, run, hike or even snowshoe. Outstanding views of Boot Lake, the Town of Inuvik and the East Channel of the Mackenzie River can be seen while perusing the boardwalk, dirt trails, foot bridges and lookout points. Boot Lake Trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail system.

Dempster Highway

The Dempster Highway, built in 1979 as the only all-weather Canadian road to cross the Arctic Circle, connects Dawson City, Yukon to Inuvik, Northwest Territories. The unpaved, gravel highway is a winding adventure through spectacular scenery. It is not uncommon for drivers to see plenty of wildlife, including Dall's sheep, woodland and barren ground caribou and grizzly bears. Campgrounds, a hotel, a restaurant and a service station can be found along the route.

It is always important to check the conditions of the Dempster before setting out, for both safety precautions and whether or not the ferries/ice bridges are operational. This can be done by contacting Northwest Territories Transportation by phone at 1-800-661-0750 or by visiting their Highway Conditions webpage.

Mackenzie River

The Mackenzie River is the longest river in Canada at just under 1800 kilometres and flows past Inuvik to the west on its way to the Beaufort Sea and the Arctic Ocean. In the winter, the Mackenzie turns into an ice road which allows for travel to Aklavik and Tuktoyaktuk (January to April approximately). The Town of Inuvik is located along the East Channel of the Mackenzie River Delta, which covers an area of approximately 15,200 kmĀ².

Inuvik Ski Club

With seven months of snow cover and a vast network of groomed trails, the Inuvik Ski Club is a must visit for any outdoor enthusiast. Day or night, skiers of all ages can enjoy one of the longest ski seasons around at a world-class location. Olympians Sharon and Shirley Firth, who were part of the first ever Canadian women's cross-country team, honed their craft at this very club. 

Roads End Golf Course

Whether you are new to the game or a seasoned player, Roads End Golf Course is one place everyone can look forward to visiting. Complete with a driving range and continually expanding three-hole track, the course is one of the first attractions you will see on your way into Inuvik. There are no green fees and for those looking for a unique experience, the complex has 24 hour access allowing you to play under the Midnight Sun!

Midnight Sun Complex

Inuvik's Midnight Sun Complex and Conference Centre (MSC) is a modern, multi-use facility. The building is great for hosting conferences, tradeshows, workshops, seminars, meetings, cultural events, public forums, banquets and other activities. Also calling the MSC home is an NHL-size ice surface, an indoor pool and waterslide, three curling sheets, squash courts and a fitness centre. No matter how long you stay in Inuvik, there is always something to do at the MSC.

Midnight Sun Mosque

Among other things, Inuvik is home to the world's northernmost mosque. The Midnight Sun Mosque, affectionately called the Little Mosque on the Tundra, was built in Winnipeg before setting off on its 4000 km journey to Inuvik in August 2010. Travelling on both road and river, the building made it into town safe and sound, settling in its permanent location on Wolverine Road.

Igloo Church

A trip north of the Arctic Circle is not complete without a photo in front of the Igloo Church. Originally built in 1960 by a team of volunteers, the church, officially named Our Lady of Victory, is one of our most popular attractions. Make sure you set time aside during your visit to see Inuvik's pride and joy. During the summer months, tours are available on multiple days throughout the week and weekend.

Inuvik Community Greenhouse

When you visit the Western Arctic the last thing you expect to see is a lot of green, but that is precisely what you get when you enter the Inuvik Community Greenhouse. Converted from an old hockey arena, the space allows local inhabitants the opportunity during the summer months to take advantage of the 24 hour sunlight and grow fruits, vegetables and plants. Stop by and see North America's northernmost commercial greenhouse! During the summer months, tours are available on multiple days throughout the week and weekend.

 

2016 Tours

Monday to Saturday at 5:30 p.m. 

Cost: $5.00

Aurora Research Institute

The Aurora Research Institute in Inuvik is one of three research offices that Aurora College (which also has a campus in town) operates in the Northwest Territories. Researchers from all over the world utilize this top-of-the-line academic space. Make sure to check out their library, which is home to an extensive collection of material covering the Canadian North. Tours are offered during the summer months.

Western Arctic Visitor Centre

If you have never visited the area before, then a quick stop at the Western Arctic Visitor Centre will provide you with all the information you need. Located on MacKenzie Road as soon as you enter town, the Visitor Centre contains many interesting exhibits on art, flora and fauna, neighbouring communities and wildlife. You can also pick up your official Arctic Circle Adventurer Certificate here. The Centre is open from June to September and hosts weekly events based around Northern culture.

Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre

Located on MacKenzie Road, Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre hosts many cultural events and community feasts geared towards helping aboriginal youth in the Town of Inuvik. But aside from that, it is also the largest log building north of the Arctic Circle. It was built in 1977 when 850 logs were rafted down the Mackenzie River from Fort Simpson!

Inuvialuit Cultural Centre

Originally based in Tuktoyaktuk, the Inuvialuit Cultural Centre relocated to Inuvik in 2000 to allow it better access to both Inuvialuit communities and government establishments. The centre exists to preserve, support and promote the local culture of the Inuvialuit. Make sure to stop by the Centre's Craft Shop, where you can find locally made Inuvialuit clothing, antler and soapstone carvings, and much more. A unique souvenir to take home from your travels awaits you here.