5 Things To Do In Inuvil, Northwest Territories You Should Try – Latest

Canada’s Inuvik is a beautiful place to visit because it is 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle and is on the beautiful Mackenzie Delta.

The journey is exciting in and of itself. You could take the easy way out and fly there, or you could drive the famous Dempster Highway, a gravel road that goes from Dawson, Yukon, to Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

The recently built Mackenzie Delta Highway goes all the way to Tuktoyaktuk and the Arctic Ocean.

During our epic 150-day road trip across Canada, we stopped at Invuik and got to know the area. Our only regret is that we didn’t have more time to go on all the amazing trips and do all the amazing things that were available.

Here are five things you shouldn’t miss if you visit Inuvik for a few days or a few weeks.

FIVE THINGS TO DO IN INUVIK

Before we start, we should say that there are a lot more things to do in Inuvik than just the five we’ve listed.

In the summer, there are a lot of festivals, things to do outside, and wildlife encounters. In the winter, when it is always dark, there are different things to do and see.

Things To Do In Inuvil, Northwest Territories

INUVIK COMMUNITY GREENHOUSE

The commercial greenhouse in North America that is the farthest north is the Inuvik Community Greenhouse.

It’s very Canadian because it used to be a hockey arena. Locals take advantage of the constant daylight in the summer by planting fruit trees, vegetable gardens, and other plants that do well with more hours of sunlight.

Visitors can take a tour of the facility to learn more about how it works, how it has changed over time, and what it means for a community so far north.

Things To Do In Inuvil, Northwest Territories

THE IGLOO CHURCH (OUR LADY OF VICTORIA CHURCH)

This church is by far the most recognizable building in Inuvik. Its unique igloo shape makes it stand out.

Mona Thrasher, an Inuit painter, has worked on the inside, and visits are offered in the summer. You can look around the church quickly, but you won’t find anything else like it.

WESTERN ARCTIC REGIONAL VISITOR CENTRE

If you’re planning a trip to the area, the Western Arctic Regional Visitor Center is a great place to stop by and learn more about it. The Visitor Centre is just outside of town on Mackenzie Road. It has many interesting displays about the area’s history, culture, animals, and arts.

The friendly staff can also help you get your official Arctic Circle Adventurer Certificate. From June to September, the Centre is the place where Northern culture is celebrated every week.

BOAT TRIP ON THE MACKENZIE DELTA

At the end of your stay in Invuik, you must take a boat tour of the Mackenzie Delta (during the summer months of course). Getting around the small canals is a beautiful and unforgettable experience, whether you want to paddle a kayak or ride a motorboat.

At a nearby lake, there were a lot of tundra swans. We also saw a big eagle flying overhead and a family of beavers cutting down a tree. We also went fishing for northern pike, and every time we cast, we caught a fish.

Things To Do In Inuvil, Northwest Territories

ALESTINE’S RESTAURANT

You’ll get hungry, so we recommend stopping at Alestine’s, which is owned and run by locals and has some of the best fish tacos you’ve ever tasted.

There are many desserts and sweets from the area, as well as fish and reindeer meals. You may dine indoors, outdoors, or on the rooftop patio, and the kitchen is located in a renovated yellow school bus.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the things to see and do in Inuvik. There’s also a plethora of other activities, such as hunting, fishing, dog sledding, road excursions to the Arctic Ocean, and so much more.

Things To Do In Inuvil, Northwest Territories

WHERE TO STAY

Inuvik is a great place to visit, but because there’s so much to do here, you’ll need a place to stay. We were really happy with our four-night stay at the Mackenzie Delta Inn. Our room was huge, and it was spotless.

We had a small kitchenette to help us cook meals if we needed to, as well as fast and reliable WiFi and a big flat-screen TV.

Things To Do In Inuvil, Northwest Territories

This building is where the Mackenzie Grill and Shivers Lounge, the Tundra North Tours office, and the Igloo Church are located. It is also a place where people in the area can meet up. An absolute must-read!

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