Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust

Tuktoyaktuk NWT & The Arctic

Two years ago Q and I attempted to drive the Dempster Highway through the Canadian arctic crossing through the Yukon to the most northern town on the Dempster in the North West Territories.  Unfortunately, the highway had washed out and required a 3-day fix during our 9-day vacation.  We drove just past Tombstone Territory Park to the washout and then had to turn around, vowing we’d return and successfully complete the trip.

This past summer we were given the opportunity to attempt the drive again.  For this trip, we went at a different time of year than the last and since our initial attempt, the road had now been completed all the way to the village of Tuktoyaktuk NWT, an Inuvialuit hamlet on the Arctic ocean shore.

Since words really do no justice for the variety of landscapes and topography you pass through on the journey to the Arctic Ocean, TNN felt a photo essay would be the best representation of what we saw, albeit even photos don’t come close to the real experience.

So sit back and relax, maybe grab a snack and enjoy the show.

Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
Tombstone Territorial Park
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
Eagle Plains
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
Rainbow in the distance
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
Arctic Circle sign marker
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
River crossing on Dempster Highway
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
Land claim settlement
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
Sled left on Inuvialuit land for winter hunting
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
Tuktoyaktuk village sign
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
Celebration with Inuit dance which the children loved to watch
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
Inuit celebration and ceremony
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
End of the Trans Canada highway
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
Arctic Ocean sign and one cool truck from Europe
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
The village of Tuktoyaktuk with pingos in the distance
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
Pingo up close with fields of driftwood in the foreground
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
Black mountains along the Dempster highway
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
Lone tree trying to grow in the short Arctic summer
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
A little fishing in the Arctic
Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Dempster highway, mountains, Inuvialuit hamlet, travel, wanderlust
White mountains that line the Dempster highway

~ True North Nomad

Have you driven to the Arctic before?  What landscape did you fall in love with?  Tell us about your adventure in the comments below.

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18 thoughts on “Tuktoyaktuk NWT & The Arctic

  1. Hi Lily. Great to see this, some truly awesome vistas in there! Makes you appreciate why it should remain as unspoilt as possible I think. I’m guessing you didn’t stay in the water for too long? 🙂

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  2. Fabulous post! My chances of ever being there in person are slim … grateful for this glimpse of a part of our world very different from what I’ve experienced. I’m especially drawn to the sky shots (the light) and that determined little tree!

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