Visitor centres can help you plan your trip and ensure you experience the Western Arctic to its fullest.
Dempster Highway Visitor Centre
In Dawson City, stop by the Dempster Highway Visitor Centre, open 9 am-7 pm daily in the summer season, for up to date travel information about the Dempster Highway, sights to see along the way, and to pick up your Dempster Highway Passport. The Dempster Highway Visitor Centre is full of intereseting displays about life in the Western Arctic region and staffed with helpful travel counsellors who can help point you on your way.
Nitainlaii Territorial Park Visitor Centre
As you approach Fort McPherson, take the time to visit Nitainlaii Territorial Park which features a special visitor centre open from 9 am-9 pm daily in the summer season. This centre offers visitors a glimpse into the cultural history of the area, and is staffed by knowledgable attendants.
Tsiigehtchic Visitor Centre
With displays on the famous steppe bison found on the shores of the Mackenzie River, the Tsiigehtchic Visitor Centre is the perfect stop for weary travellers and paddlers. Stop by for a coffee, peruse the displays, and perhaps purchase some local art, all while taking in the beautiful scenery of this picturesque community atop the shores of the Mackenzie and Arctic Red rivers.
Western Arctic Regional Visitor Centre
In Inuvik, be sure to visit the Western Arctic Regional Visitor Centre, open 10 am-6 pm daily in the summer season. The building resembles a traditional sod and beam house and is definitely worth a visit. The centre has a number of displays about the communities of the Western Arctic, culture, and wildlife. Staff can arrange tour bookings and have information on local events, and where to purchase regional arts and crafts. Northwest Territories Parks stages events at the Centre, and the grounds feature picnic areas, a short walking trail, and additional interpretive displays.