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Aug 15, 2018 - Inuvik to Tuktoyatuk to Dawson City

Inuvik is a town of approximately 3500 to 3800 people. It is mostly Inuit. The town is spread out alon the Mackenzie River. Because of permafrost utilities including sewage are in utilidors....metal tubing....that snake between buildings and off the ground. There are 3 streets that run the length of the town with interconnecting streets. One is a town bypass. There is a round white church with a cross on top. It does tours at 6.30p Mon. Wed. and Fri. The Community Greenhouse does tours at 5.30p Mon. Wed and Fri.. At 2.30p there is a tour of...

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Aug 9, 2018 - Dawson to Inuvik

We left Dawson after visiting with Mathers and going up on the Dome. It overlooks the city and the surrounding countryside. With great anticipation we approached the Dempster Highway. It was a beautiful day, lots of sunshine with broken clouds. 50 kms in we could see fresh snow on the peaks ahead. We stopped at the Tombstone Interpretative Center and picked up some more info. We went through their interpretive displays. Later we stopped atop the North Fork Summit at 1289m....the continental divide. In the distance...24 kms away we could...

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Aug 12, 2015 - Inuvik Adventure

Saturday, August 8, 2015 -- Inuvik, Northwest Territory, Canada There is a KFC and a Pizza Hut in town. But we chose to have lunch at Alestine’s. What a unique restaurant! The restaurant is named for the owner’s mother. She raised nine children in a very small 2 room house. I was adventuresome and tried the Reindeer chili with an Eskimo donut. I feel this trip would not be complete without sampling at least a few of the distinctive dishes, caribou, local tea, bannock, Smoked Arctic Char, fresh muskox, seal meat, “muktuk”, ptarmigan, or...

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VNL RV Travels 2015

Aug 6, 2015 - Our Northwest Territory Adventure

We heard that anyone can travel coast to coast in Canada, but it takes a brave traveler indeed to venture to the northern coast on the Arctic Ocean. So just where do I start – twenty-four hours of daylight is a good place to start. We are taking the Dempster Highway known as the gateway to the Arctic Ocean via one of the continent’s biggest freshwater deltas. We had towering views of the lush Mackenzie Delta and Richardson Mountain Range. The Dempster is 740 km long (450 miles) and it crosses two mountain ranges, the Continental Divide...

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VNL RV Travels 2015

Aug 1, 2015 - Rengleng River to Inuvik

Day 33 Saturday, Aug 1 Distance for the day 92.4 km Distance travelled to date 3235.7 km Distance remaining 65.3 km of 3300 km Time in the saddle 4 hr 28 min Total riding time to date 163 hr 58 min Total meters climbed 390 m Total meters climbed to date 26551 m The ride today would be slightly more difficult than yesterday’s but only because the sun was not shining. The road was flat and straight. The views were obscured by smoke blowing in from another forest fire. We have been lucky on this trip in regards to fires. We have not been...

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Jul 31, 2015 - Fort McPherson to Rengleng River

Day 32 Friday, July 31 Distance for the day 95.2 km Distance travelled to date 3143.3 km Distance remaining 156.7 km of 3300 km Time in the saddle 4 hr 59 min Total riding time to date 159 hr 30 min Total meters climbed 424 m Total meters climbed to date 26161 m I got up to a blue sky. The nightmare of yesterday was already just a nightmare. Today would be a good day of riding. Even a bad day of riding is better than a good day of golf. We had stayed on Pacific Time yesterday and this morning so our departure was after 8 AM local time. We...

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Jun 4, 2014 - Inuvik

After many delays and problems we finally made it to Inuvik. We had to cross two rivers by ferry, for which we had to wait more than a week. We had a flat time in the middle of s snow storm at the Northwest Territories border which is high in the mountains. The last day we travelled in deep mud all day at speeds to less than 40 kmh.

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Aug 31, 2012 - The Arctic Adventure

It's about 3500 kilometers, give or take, from Canmore to Inuvik via Red Deer. And we needed to do it in 5 days. Daunting. When Gene purchased a new vehicle that needed to make the trip, he invited Dad Lorne and brother Dale to keep him company, and the Arctic Odyssey was born. We set off with the new Acadia packed to the rafters and saw parts of the country that few "southerners" get to experience. The golden oceans of grain in North Central Alberta, the dense boreal forests of Northern Alberta, B.C. and the Southern Yukon, the innumerable...

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Jul 13, 2009 - Exploring Inuvik

Inuvik was first conceived by the Canadian government in 1953 with the intention to replace the hamlet of Aklavik in the Mackenzie Delta which was subject to flooding. The new community was first named “New Aklavik” but this caused confusion for the delivery of mail and supplies. So in 1958 the name “Inuvik” (place of the people) was chosen. The town has seen over the year’s expansion and retraction mainly linked to exploration in the Mackenzie Valley and Beaufort Sea for oil and gas. Today Inuvik is the administrative and commercial centre...

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Jul 12, 2009 - Crossing the Arctic Circle and into Northwest Territories

After a not so restful night (the neighbouring room had their television on loud till two in the morning!) at Eagle Plains we headed out again on the Dempster Highway. Fortunately the weather was brighter and dry. We had on the road found several areas where the road also acted as an emergency airstrip. Just passed Eagle Plains we found this again. The road ahead seemed to continue for miles. It did! At mile point 252 miles we crossed the Arctic Circle Latitude 66º 33’N. Here we got out and took our respective photographs so we could prove...

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Jul 8, 2008 - Inuvik, We Made It!!!!

Up about 7 and gone about 8:30. Beautiful blue sky greeted us again. Arrived at our destination, INUVIK, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES. As far north as you can drive in Canada. It is a thoroughly modern city. Large buildings, KFC, Pizza Hut but no McDonalds or Wal Mart, so these people are smart! Everything here is built on permafrost. Actually permafrost starts down in Whitehorse but here it is very close to the surface. So all buildings are built on posts above ground and all roads have a very thick layer of gravel. All the sewer and water lines...

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Jul 7, 2008 - Part 2- The Dempster on the way back

The town of Inuvik is nothing to write home about. Its just a grubby small place at the end of the Dempster hwy. We spent two days there just to get a good rest for our trip back. Thinking back I don't even know what we did for those 2 days. I did visit the visitor center so I could get my certificate for crossing the arctic circle Well we headed out early morning to beat the rush. The trip back was a totally different ride. The weather was great which opened up the sky and gave us a better view of the scenery. The German pissed me off on...

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