Welcome to Inuvik


Inuvik is a town in the Northwest Territories of Canada, is the administrative centre for the Inuvik Region.

Inuvik is both a Gwich’in and an Inuvialuit community.

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 Inuvik in 1958.

Inuvik achieved village status in 1967 and became a full town in 1979 with an elected mayor and council.

Due to its northern location, Inuvik experiences an average of 56 days of continuous sunlight every summer and 30 days of polar night every winter.

The highest temperature ever recorded in Inuvik was 32.8 °C on 17 June 1999 and 20 July 2001. The coldest temperature ever recorded was −56.7 °C on 4 February 1968.

The Estimated Population of Inuvik is 3,243.

Inuvik means “Place of Man” in Inuvialuktun, the local Inuit language.

The town is served by the Inuvik Drum, a community newspaper published weekly by Northern News Services.