Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Inuvik at 8AM to begin our newest day tour! We will drive up the newly completed Mackenzie Valley Highway to the Arctic Ocean and Inuit community of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. This unique unpaved highway officially opened in November 2018 that now connects our beautiful country from Coast to Coast to Coast! This one of a kind road trip will have you experience what it is like to leave the tree line and travel over the open tundra past lakes, streams and eventually, our personal favorite, the pingos of Tuktoyaktuk. Learn more about the construction of Canada’s newest highway and what it means to the residents of Tuktoyaktuk to finally have access to the outside world! Once in Tuk, you will visit the Arctic Ocean up close, a traditional sod house, pingos, and the monument marking the end of the Trans Canada Trail. Your local host will share some of the town’s history and culture while you enjoy a traditional lunch consisting of food harvested from the land and sea. You will learn how the Inuvialuit (Inuit people of this region) have survived for centuries in one of the earth’s harshest environments.
After lunch, enjoy two hours of free time to explore this unique Arctic community before our 4PM departure back down the highway to Inuvik. We’ll arrive back at your hotel in time for you to enjoy dinner and a free evening in the Town of Inuvik.
UPGRADE OPTION TO VISIT A TRADITIONAL WHALE CAMP:
WHALE CAMP TOUR (Upgrade 4-5 hours)
After a 30 minute tour of the Arctic Coastal community of Tuktoyaktuk where you will learn the history and culture of the Western Arctic Inuit people, visit a traditional sod house, the monument marking the end of the Trans Canada trail, and the fascinating pingos, you will climb aboard our boat! Take an hour long journey on the Arctic Ocean with your local guide, travelling along the water trails of our Ancestors. You will pass by pingos and have an opportunity to view ocean birds and hopefully beluga whales along the way! After arriving at our traditional Whaling Camp, where you get a rare glimpse of centuries old traditions, you can enjoy a taste of locally harvested food from the land and sea, while your host shares knowledge of life on the land, then and now. You will take a tour through the whale camp and hear stories from days gone by, as well as how whale, caribou and fish are harvested, prepared and preserved. You might try your hand making dry fish, as well as learning about traditional tools, practices and the clothing of the Inuit people. An hour long boat ride takes you back across the Arctic Ocean trails to Tuktoyaktuk offering a second chance to spot beluga whales, and wrapping up this chance of a lifetime tour!
*SOME TOUR POINTS OF INTEREST ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE FOR REASONS BEYOND OUR CONTROL*