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Inuvik Sunrise Festival

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Inuvik Sunrise Festival

7-9 January, 2022 (original dates)

POSTPONED

21-23 January, 2022 (actual dates)

Every December the sun sets for the last time below the horizon, and after nearly 30 days of darkness the return of the sun is celebrated at the annual Inuvik Sunrise Festival in early January. Local food, dance, music and winter activities, including snow carving, snow yoga are all part of the spectacle. On the Saturday night a party on the permafrost continues as the we have our giant bonfire and an incredible firework display.

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Stay tuned for more information to come. You can stay up to date on the latest information on the Inuvik Sunrise Festival Facebook Page. 

 

2022 Inuvik Sunrise Festival 

The Inuvik Sunrise Festival returns for 2022 with a modified schedule of events.

*All events subject to change and current COVID restrictions. 

 

Important Updates

2022 Inuvik Sunrise Festival MODIFIED

Please be advised that as a result of the current Covid-19 conditions in the region and in accordance to the latest Health Order and gathering restrictions issued by the Chief Public Health Officer of the Northwest Territories, the Inuvik Sunrise Festival original schedule of events have been significantly reduced and modified.

Limited COVID-friendly activities will still take place and program details will be provided later today.

Inuvik residents can still expect:

  • Lantern Kits & Limited Supply of Cupcakes (to be dropped Friday evening to individual households who signed up)
  • Fireworks. Saturday, January 22. 7 pm. Shot from Twin Lakes. No Bonfire. Must remain in vehicles. Must wear a Mask. Maintain physical distancing. Stay in your bubble.
  • Snow Us Some Sun at home Snow Sculpture Contest. Build now. Judging to take place Sunday, January 23.
  • Celebrate the Light. Community Lantern Light-up. Sunday, January 23. All families remain in their yard, porch, or even from their visible front window.

Events & activities that are cancelled:

  • Family & Public Ice Skates
  • Children Movies
  • Taste of Inuvik
  • Arctic Market
  • Food Tents/Trucks
  • Parade
  • Radio Show

 

Please follow the Inuvik Sunrise Festival Facebook Page for all event details and updates.

https://www.facebook.com/InuvikSunriseFestival/

 

Stay safe. Keep well.

May you and your family enjoy fresh air and sunlight when possible & safe to do so.

 

 

 2022 Schedule of Events 

The 2022 Inuvik Sunrise Festival has been modified and includes reduced activities 

The new festival dates are January 21 to January 23.

*All events are subject to change due to weather and/or Covid restrictions and protocols. 

 

SPECIAL EVENT: Spectacular Inuvik Sun Contest

WIN a RETURN TRIP FOR TWO to YELLOWKNIFE courtesy of our sponsors Canadian North and Northwest Territories Tourism. 

 

Time & Date

Contest Opened: Thursday 6 January, Noon

Contest Closed: Friday 14 January, 5pm 

Winner Announced: Monday 17 January 

 

How to Enter

Contest is now closed.

Thank you everyone who entered.

 

Spectacular Inuvik Sun Poster

 

*All events are subject to change due to weather and/or Covid restrictions and protocols.

 

  

FIREWORKS SHOW: Sponsored by Arctic Petroleum Services

The Fireworks Show are proudly sponsored by Arctic Petroleum Services 

 

Drive down to the River Park/Boat Launch area and watch the Fireworks from your vehicle.

 

2022 INUVIK SUNRISE FESTIVAL - FIREWORKS POSTER

 

 

Time & Date

Saturday, January 22 at 7:00 pm

 

Location

River Park/Boat Launch Area

Fireworks shot from Twin Lakes

 

Details & Restrictions 

Passengers MUST remain inside their vehicles to prevent gathering 

Attendees must wear a mask

Attendees must only travel with those in their immediate household

Attendees must follow all traffic and parking advisories

Attendees must remain clear from where the Fireworks are being detonated

 

*All events are subject to change due to weather and/or Covid restrictions and protocols.

CELEBRATE THE LIGHT COMMUNITY LANTERN LIGHT UP: Sponsored by APTN

Celebrate the light and collect a lantern kit to create over the weekend for you to display on Sunday evening outside your homes, where we will capture videos and photos of your lanterns & families as you dress in your traditional clothing and footwear. 

 

This event is generously sponsored by: APTN

In partnership with: Inuvialuit Communications Society (ICS)

 

ICS and Town of Inuvik staff and contractors will be collecting photos and videos of each family and their lanterns and will be travelling from house to house on Sunday, January 23 from 6 pm to 8 pm for those who signed up. Please see the map below for details.

 

2022 INUVIK SUNRISE FESTIVAL - COMMUNITY LANTERN LIGHT UP POSTER

2022 INUVIK SUNRISE FESTIVAL - COMMUNITY LANTERN LIGHT UP INFO SHEET

2022 INUVIK SUNRISE FESTIVAL - COMMUNITY LANTERN LIGHT UP MAP

 

 

 

Time & Date

Kits Delivered: Friday, January 21 between 4pm and 8pm

Community Lantern Display: Sunday, January 23 between 6pm and 8pm

- all persons will remain in their own yards, driveways, or windows

- please see route map for localized neighbourhood timings of filming/photography

 

How to Enter

Limited kits available, pre-register to secure a kit (one per family/household): www.inuvik.ca/lanternkits

 

Spectacular Inuvik Sun Poster

 

*All events are subject to change due to weather and/or Covid restrictions and protocols.

SPECIAL EVENT: Snow Us Some Sun 

Carve, shape, roll, build, dig a snow sculpture in your yard to win a prize. You may use any additional resources you have at home such as lights and props. 

 

2022 INUVIK SUNRISE FESTIVAL - SNOW US SOME SUN POSTER

2022 INUVIK SUNRISE FESTIVAL - SNOW US SOME SUN INFO SHEET

 

Time & Date

Begin any time.

Register by 4:00 pm on Sunday, January 23, 2022

 

Location

Your Homes & Front Yards

 

Details & Restrictions

Phone the Midnight Sun Complex to register.

867.777.8640

 

*All events are subject to change due to weather and/or Covid restrictions and protocols.

THANK YOU SPONSORS

A very special thank you to all of the 2022 Inuvik Sunrise Festival Sponsors, without our generous sponsors, the Sunrise Festival would not be the great event that it is today. 

 

Signature Sponsors

APTN

Northwestel

Arctic Petroleum Services

Town of Inuvik 

 

Dusk Sponsors

Inuvik Community Corporation

Partner Parks Canada 

Partner Inuvialuit Communications Society 

 

Sunset Sponsors

Northwest Territories Power Corporation

Beaufort Mechanical Services LTD. 

Canadian North 

Spectacular Northwest Territories

Inuvik Gas

Tundra Drilling Services 

 

Dawn Sponsors

MLA Diane Archie 

MLA Lesa Semmler 

Driving Force 

Home Hardware 

 

Sponsor Poster

 

 

 

 

2022 Sunrise Sponsorship Packages

The 2022 Sunrise Sponsorship Opportunities are now available to all interested individuals and businesses. 

If you are interested in speaking with us directly about any of the packages, please contact us at: 

Tourism & Economic Development Department

tourism@inuvik.ca

867.777.8618

 

Last Year, 2021 Schedule of Events 

Given the Covid-19 restrictions at the time, the schedule for the 2021 Sunrise Festival was altered to follow the Government of the Northwest Territories protocols and although we could not host many of our usual events, we still celebrated the return of the sun with the following activities.

2021 Schedule of Events PDF