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Welcome to the Town of Inuvik!

Prepare yourself for something entirely new! 

With a population just under 3,400, Inuvik is a close-knit community that balances tradition and modern living. Hunting, handmade crafts, and drum dancing are a part of life in Inuvik, along with watching a hockey game on cable or satellite TV and updating your Facebook account with high speed internet.

In a community where tradition is still very much alive, Inuvik manages to maintain plenty of city life amenities. You can take yoga classes, cross-country ski, relax in a steam room, garden at the community greenhouse, or visit the skateboard park. The community is decorated with landmarks like the charming "Igloo Church", the rainbow coloured row houses and the inviting Western Arctic Regional Visitors Center.

Inky darkness grips Inuvik in the winter months and for nearly 30 days, the community is blanketed in polar night. Locals rejoice in the first sunrise of the year with a bon fire, fireworks and the Inuvik Sunrise Festival. The festival is held in early January every year and the amount of daily sunlight increases until June.

In summer, Inuvik is transformed into the Land of the Midnight Sun with 56 days of 24 hour sunlight. With such an abundance of space available, locals spend the sun-kissed summers playing in sports tournaments, hiking, camping, hunting and fishing. National Indigenous Peoples Day held on June 21 is always a summer favourite.

Inuvik rests atop a ruggedly beautiful landscape; spruce trees like chopsticks prick the sky and lakes braid their way across the land. Come to Inuvik and replace the big city lights with the blush of the Aurora Borealis. Swap a lengthy commute for an expedition on the Dempster Highway or a ride on the ice road to Aklavik or take the all weather highway from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk on the edge of the Arctic Ocean.

Embrace a different way of living.