Northwest Territories Parks, including campgrounds and day use areas are dotted along the Dempster Highway starting near Fort McPherson, and stretching as far as Inuvik. Many are suitable for day trips from Inuvik for picnicing, fishing or boating.
Nitainlaii Territorial Park is perched on a cliff overlooking the Peel River, and surrounded by stands of white birch and white spruce trees. This is an ideal place to unwind for a few nights on your Dempster trip. Spend time in the visitor centre to learn about the life of the Gwich’in people, past and present. There are 24 non-powered sites, with kitchen shelter and drinking water available.
Gwichin Territorial Park The Dempster Highway serves as a boundary for this 8,800 hectare park. Unique features include limestone cliffs, rare arctic plant communities, migratory bird staging areas and scenic Campbell Lake. There are hiking, boating, fishing and camping opportunities, and visitors can travel by canoe through the park and downriver as far as Inuvik. There are five day use and camping areas: Vadzaih Van Tshik Campground, Tithegeh Chii Vitaii Lookout, Gwich’in Territorial Campground, Ehjuu Njik Day Use Area, and Nihtak Day Use Area. In total there are 29 prepared camping locations.
Jak Territorial Park is located just outside Inuvik. Situated on a high bluff, the park features an observation tower that offers excellent views of the surrounding scenery. This is a prime bird watching area. Watch for falcons and eagles as well as ducks. There is an abundance of cranberries, blueberries and cloudberries (jak) that give the park its name. Jak park has 6 powered and 32 non-powered campsites, and includes a kitchen shelter, showers, drinking water, playground and trails.
Happy Valley Territorial Park Located in the heart of Inuvik, this park offers convenient access to the town's attractions from 19 powered and 8 non-powered campsites. The park is situated on a bluff overlooking the east branch of the Mackenzie River, and offers a view of the Richardson Mountains.