Winter Fun

Delta Ice Roads

From January to April, an ice road connects Aklavik to Inuvik in the Western Arctic. Visitors can rent a vehicle and drive the winding river and stream route to Aklavik. Speed limits on all ice roads are enforced for your safety­ - dangerous holes can open in the road if speeding traffic creates waves that cause the ice to fracture. 


Dogsledding

Harness up a team of white huskies and take them for a run on groomed trails in Inuvik. Guided day trips and shorter half day trips are available. Longer dog team tours are also available. Check with tour operators listed here. Dogteam races are part of the fun at the annual Muskrat Jamboree in Inuvik.


Skiing

Inuvik was home to Canada's Firth twins, founding members of the Canadian Olympic Cross Country Ski Team, and participants in four Olympic Games. The tradition lives on at the Inuvik Ski Club where groomed and lighted trails offer visitors an Arctic workout.


Ice fishing

Guided ice fishing tours are offered in some Western Arctic communities. Your guide will take you by snow machine onto the Mackenzie River, nearby lakes or the Beaufort Sea, and show you how to jig for Arctic Char, Lake Trout or Inconnu - a member of the whitefish family. Share fish tales with your guide and a warm mug of tea while you concentrate on the fishing action.


Snowmobiling

Snowmobiles have largely replaced dog teams across the Western Arctic. Local guides offer winter snowmobile adventures from bases in several communities. Travel into the western mountains from Aklavik, or out onto the frozen Beaufort Sea, or inland to nearby lakes, and a comfortable camp, from Tuktoyaktuk. Snowmobiles are popular in Inuvik, as well, with guided tours available.


Aurora Watching

From September to April, and through the long winter days, there are splendid opportunities to view the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, in Western Arctic communities. Our small northern communities offer the darkest of nights, and plenty of clear weather when the Aurora plays across the sky.

Operators

Cultural & Community Tours Experience Inuvialuit life along the shore of the Beaufort Sea. Day trips, overnight, or longer. In summer we offer boat or ATV tours of Tuk and along the coast to our family camp for fish-frying,... Read more
Nature & Wildlife Viewing There are four National Parks are located in the Northwest Territories: Aulavik National Park is located on northern Banks Island, the most westerly island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.... Read more
Snowmobiling Snowmobiling in the great outdoors.
Flightseeing Tours Flightseeing. Inuvik, Tuktoyatuk, Holman and Aklavik. Day trips to Ivvavik, Herschel. Two hours to a full day. Minimum four persons.
Flightseeing Tours Charter flightseeing tours can be arranged. Visit our website for more information.
Nature & Wildlife Viewing Nature tours can be arranged. Hiking, ATV, and custom designed tours are available. We can take you up close to bears, muskoxen, caribou and the grand animal, the polar bear.
Specialized Tours Boat cruises on Mackenzie Delta. Cultural trips. Custom tours can be arranged to accommodate anyone. Canoe rentals available.
Western Arctic Hunting Big game hunts since 1999. Polar bear, muskox, wolves and caribou. Hunts between 5 and 14 days. Please call for details.
Specialized Tours Ask us about our day packages and tours of the area! We have both winter and summer packages available including activities like beluga watching tours, pingo tours, ice fishing and snowmobiling.... Read more
Specialized Tours Fly-out of Aklavik boat back to Inuvik or take our one-hour town tour. Tours to Red and Black Mountain.
Ice Fishing Ice fishing day trips can be arranged upon request.  
Cultural & Community Tours We have incredible community tour packages available, including Inuvik,  Aklavik and Tuktoyaktuk. Please see our website for full package offers.  Read more
Specialized Tours Our world, here in the Arctic is above the Arctic Circle, the Land of the Midnight Sun. We have the amazing Delta of the Mackenzie River on the East Branch. There are many things to do, see... Read more
Road Trips Dempster Highway Tour  Looking for a change in scenery? Join us for our one day road trip down the Dempster Highway. Starting in Inuvik an hour long drive takes us to breathtaking... Read more
Snowmobiling Experience winter life in the Arctic community of Tuktoyaktuk, guided by lifetime Tuktoyaktuk residents. Join in our spring festival, try your hand at igloo-building or ice-fishing, go for a dogsled... Read more