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Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway celebrated its official opening in November 2017 and road-travellers can now drive all the way to Tuktoyaktuk and the Arctic Ocean. This is the only public highway to the Arctic Ocean and it now connects Canada from Sea, to Sea, to Sea.
The start of your journey to the Western Arctic region of the Northwest Territories beings just outside Dawson City, Yukon, where the Dempster Highway starts. The Dempster Highway stretches 740 km bypassing the welcoming communities of Fort McPherson and Tsiigehtchic and on to Inuvik. Where the Dempster ends, is where the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway begins.
The Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway is truly beautiful to drive and the landscape on its 140 km varies by season. Enjoy the vast white frozen tundra dotted only the occasional sighting of a red fox or other wildlife. In summer, relax under the midnight sun which shimmers down on crystal lakes surrounded by blooms of arctic cotton and pink fireweed. Marvel at the explosions of colours as berries ripen all over the tundra in the fall.
As a new highway, there will be ongoing maintenance. The highway is surfaced with gravel and travelers should be
prepared for rough, muddy and dusty sections as well as delays due to construction or maintenance. Travellers should check for road conditions before heading out.
Paid overnight parking for RVs and campers is available in Tuktoyaktuk.
There are no power or water hookups in Tuktoyaktuk so ensure your RV is prepared to be self-contained during your visit.
The nearest campgrounds to Tuktoyaktuk with power and water hookups are Happy Valley Territorial Park and Jak Territorial Park in Inuvik.
Please check with the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk (867-977-2286) and the Tuk Souvenir Store and Campground (867- 620-2153) about camping, locations, fees and accepted forms of payment.
Please note that some amenities and services in Tuktoyaktuk are seasonal and subject to change without notice. Please check with the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk (867-977-2286) for current information.
Photo: NWTT/ Bill Braden

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