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 This is a region where many cultures mix together in harmony. Aklavik, Fort McPherson and Tsiigehtchic are primarily Gwich’in communities. Tuktoyaktuk, Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour and Ulukhaktok are primarily Inuvialuit communities. Inuvik combines these indigenous cultures with transplants from all over the world.
Teetł’it Zheh – “Place at the head of the waters” (867) 952-2428
Population: 792
The first community you’ll encounter when driving north on the Dempster, this friendly Gwich’in town is set in the rolling Richardson foothills along the Peel River, a popular paddling route. Don’t miss the famous Tent and Canvas shop, source of heavy- duty trapper’s tents, satchels and souvenirs, as well as the graves of the Lost Patrol – four Mounties who died en route to Dawson City in the terrible winter of 1911.
Photo: Colin Field/NWT Tourism
“Looks like a caribou” (867) 977-2286
Population: 962
Our biggest town above the treeline, “Tuk” juts boldly into the Arctic Ocean. Over the years it has served as a base for Inuvialuit caribou and beluga hunting, a DEW Line radar site, and
a centre of oil and gas exploration. Today it welcomes visitors, who tour the nearby “pingo” hills, sample traditional foods (like muktuk!), and, of course, cool their heels in the chilly sea. Access is by air and via the new Mackenzie Valley Highway connecting Tuk with Inuvik (opened Nov, 2017).
Photo: Colin Field/NWT Tourism

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