Eat the Muktuk

Built on permafrost alongside the Mackenzie River, Inuvik is the capital of the Western Arctic, and your launchpad to bucket list adventures that include flightseeing over the incredible delta, boat trips in search of wildlife, camping on Herschel Island, and visits up to Tuktoyaktuk. It’s also an opportunity to learn about northern aboriginal culture, and if you’re lucky, sample some of the local delicacies.


Length of Trip : 2-3 Days, depending on what else you're visiting in the region

Cost : Prices for accommodation, food and activities in Inuvik generally reflect the remote nature of the town. Although oddly enough, the booze prices at the local liquor store are pretty generous (other than beer and wine).

Best time to go : Summer

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat : In Inuvik, I recommend the muskox burger at the Mackenzie Hotel (with brie cheese!) or the scrumptious fish tacos or reindeer chili from Alestines located in a school bus just around the corner.

Official Site : Inuvik have built their own handy bucket list for visitors. Click here for more info.

Where to Stay :  I'd recommend the Mackenzie Hotel which is quite central, or the Nova Hotel.

Getting There : Inuvik is the last stop on the Dempster Highway, which brings in many a grateful driver. Alternatively there are daily flights from southern Canada.

Note from Robin : It takes a while to get used to 24 hours of light, so bring an eye mask if you think you'll have problems sleeping under the midnight sun! Check out the excellent visitor centre, and visit Tundra North Tours in the lobby of the Nova Hotel to book an excursion to see the pingos outside of Tuk, or take a boat ride up the channels of the Mackenzie Delta. It's a small town and locals are pretty friendly, so don't be afraid to say hi. Supplies can be procured at the Northmart. As for the muktuk, don't try and chew it, just swallow it like the best vitamin C pill you've ever had!



Welcome to Inuvik


Alestines for tacos!


Kids gather at the excellent Visitor Centre


Jellybean houses in the Arctic!


Muktuk, a local delicacy


Aboveground pipes on the permafrost


A night at Trappers


Tundra swan, ready to eat.


Further Reading


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