Dan and I have taken a number of enjoyable vacations, but the one that we both agree was our most memorable was our trip to Inuvik, in the Northwest Territories of Canada. I'd like to share with you a day-by-day recap of that trip, based upon the journal I kept, with some accompanying photos. Maybe reading this will encourage you to make this trip, yourself, sometime.
Inuvik is a small town, located 2 degrees above the arctic circle, on the Mackenzie Delta. To get to Inuvik, we drove the Dempster Highway, a 417-mile gravel road beginning near Dawson City, and winding through the Arctic wilderness to Inuvik. (See map here.) The town of Inuvik was built in the late '50s, because of the discovery of oil in the Mackenzie Delta.
The Dempster Highway was officially opened on August 18, 1979. It's in no way a typical highway. The road sits on top of a gravel berm, which insulates the permafrost in the soil beneath it. The gravel pad ranges from four to eight feet deep. Without it, the permafrost would melt and the road would sink.
Once in Inuvik, we also took a short small plane trip to the Inuvialuit village of Tuktoyaktuk, which, for me, was the highlight of the entire vacation.
I hope you'll enjoy reading a day-by-day account of our trip, starting tomorrow!