Tuktoyaktuk Things to Do
Well any avid adventurer that seeks to complete the Dempster Highway trek from Whitehorse to Inuvik must dip their toes in the frigid Arctic Ocean in Tuktoyaktuk. For a measily 282.00 dollars and a 20 minute flight directly due north you will hit Canada's last continental based community. Tuktoyaktuk is the Canadian version of Timbuctu - most people think it is an abstraction - a place that does not exist but represents true isolation from the modern world. Well modern day Tuktoyaktuk is not far off the mark but some amenities like cellular phones, and talk about an all weather road to Inuvik (in lieu of the Mackenzie Gas Project) in the next few years have given this remote scenic community linkages to the world economy. So take a walk around town and catch the sights before departing on one of the three flights out daily back to Inuvik. There is a local operator in town that provides tours of the community (Tuk Tours). And for the truly adventurous - overnight at the Tuk Hotel famous for housing Metallica and Courtney Love in 1996.Related to:
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Ok so the nightlife scene up here is rather different, but nonetheless there is nothing more exciting that watching the aurora borealis dance across the star lite sky.
Dress Code: Very warm jacket, gloves, long underwear to reduce the possibility of frost bite during your brief excursion outside to watch this natural phenomena.Related to:
The reality is that only the wealthy or people actually working in the north can visit the north. Airline costs to and from small arctic outposts are generally more expensive than a plane ticket from Canada to South Africa. Why you ask? Monopolies. And to a certain extent rising fuel prices or perhaps they use this as an excuse for further extortion :) no i am not that bitter! Another option is to book an arctic cruise...though expensive it does provide seeing these communities from a coastal perspective and you can enjoy the short summer season.
I am big supporter of the Canadian bombardier...see picture below. This all terrain vehicle from the 1960s could go anywhere and most of the time it took some of the tundra along for the ride. If they could only make this into a train and find an alternative fuel source rather than diesel then a new travel paradigm could be born in the most remote inhabited region on the planet.Related to:
- Luxury Travel
You can get most anything you need in the way of day-to-day supplies at the Northern Store. Prices are higher than down south, but the selection is okay.
What to pay: Prices are definitely higher in Tuk. Goods are flown in or barged in during the summer, and can be trucked in over the ice road from Inuvik in the winter. Transportation costs add to the prices of everything you get in Tuk.