Most visitors to Inuvik take a tour of some description, and despite the remoteness of the NWT and the isolated nature of its communities, it is remarkably simple – if occasionally rather expensive – to find tour operators who offer a wide range of cultural, natural history and other trips. A full list of licensed operators can be found in the Explorers’ Guide to Canada’s Northwest Territories or by visiting w spectacularnwt.com; further information is on t 1 800 661 0788 or t 1 867 873 7200. Download a free copy of the Inuvik Attraction and Service Guide, (w inuvik.ca) which provides a list of accommodations, tour operators, attractions and information on the surrounding communities – also available at most tourist centres in NWT and Yukon.
Day-trips from Inuvik include tours to the tundra, a traditional bush camp, boat tours on the Mackenzie River, beluga whale-watching, flights over the Mackenzie Delta and trips to the fly-in communities. Arctic Nature Tours and Up North Tours are the main operators and have a special bias towards wildlife. Trips include tours to the Babbage River (which, if the timing is right, offers a bird’s-eye view of the Porcupine caribou herd) and bird and wildlife visits to Hershel Island, a Yukon territorial park in the Beaufort Sea that is still a prime hunting and fishing ground for the Inuvialuit (western Arctic Inuit). The companies also offer guided trips to Tuktoyaktuk and can arrange tours with guides based in Aklavik and Paulatuk.
Arctic Adventure Tours t 867 777 3535, t 1 800 685 9417, w whitehuskies.com. Accommodation, tours of the Dempster and flight tours to Tuk, ice road excursions and dog-sledding. Also rents boats and vehicles.
Midnight Express t 867 777 3690. Offers boat trips on the Mackenzie River.
Tundra North Tours t 867 678 0510, t 800 420 9652, w tundranorthtours.ca. Tours of Dempster Hwy, flight tours, cultural boat tours and winter excursions on snowmobile and ATV.