Inuvik, (place of man), is a town in the Northwest Territories of Canada and is the administrative centre for the Inuvik
Region. It is on the MacKenzie delta, the second largest river in North America.
The population as of the 2006 Census was 3,484. 40% of the population is native.
Inuvik enjoys 56 days of twenty four (24) hours of daylight
Inuvik was conceived in 1953 as a replacement administrative centre for the hamlet of Aklavik on the west of the
Mackenzie Delta, as the latter was prone to flooding and had no room for expansion. Initially called "New Aklavik", it was
renamed to Inuvik (meaning "Place of Man" in Inuvialuktun) in 1958 because of the confusion surrounding the
Aklavik/New Aklavik split.
Because Inuvik is located in the permafrost, all the buildings are built on pillars and all utilities including water are above
ground so as not to melt the permafrost (picture below).
and the Mackenzie Delta
Inuvik is located on the MacKenzie delta some 110 miles from the Arctic Ocean. We took a boat tour of the delta area.
Some channels were narrow.
Some are very far across.
We saw a number of birds and
encountered a large colony of
Arctic Terns (above). As we
were returning to Inuvik, our
guide spotted this beaver.
And into the water