Also Known As - "Tuk"
-"Looks like a Caribou"
Northwest portion of the Northwest Territories. On the shores of the Beaufort Sea.
Places in Tuktoyaktuk
Phone: 867 977 - 1111
Stanton's Grocery Store
Phone: 867 977 - 2845
Phone : 867 977 2359
The Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, a primarily Inuvialuit community, is considerably spread out with more and more development, namely housing being placed further south due to erosion. The new housing sites can be found in, what is locally called, Reindeer Point, approximately 7-8km outside of central Tuktoyaktuk.
While sitting on the shores of the Bearfort Sea , part of the Arctic Ocean, the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk experiences all 4 Seasons. During the summer months a visitor can experience highs over 30 degree Celsius and lows of -57 to -60 degrees Celsius during the winter months.
Cost of Living
Sample Prices at The Northern:
12 pack of Coke - $15.99
4 Litres of Milk - $11.00
Green Grapes - $12.99 per pound
Avocado - $5.00 each
chocolate Bar: $2.35
While Rents are relatively high, the major factor in Tuk and many Arctic communities, is the lack of housing units to rent. On a price basis, rent for a 3 bedroom can be in the range $1500 - $1800 per month EXCLUDING Heat and Lights.
Arctic communities are riddled with various Alcohol regulations ranging from 'Dry', " Restricted Possession' , and "No Restrictions".
Tuk has in place a system of restricted possession. Meaning, individuals are legally allowed to possess or purchase no more then 2-40oz bottles of alcohol at any one time.
In the case of Tuktoyaktuk, alcohol cannot be purchased in the community. The closest retailer is found in Inuvik. As a result, individuals must send their order to Inuvik, by fax and wait for delivery the next day. The cost (including shipping) $187.00!
Driftwood and Beaches
Visitors will also be surprised at the fantastic Beaches littering the shores surrounding 'Tuk'. Along with beaches, the 'Tuk' shores offer a paradox due to massive amount driftwood, while not a single tree being able to grow in this part of the world.
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One destination rarely talked about, while highly fascinating is the wharf in Tuktoyaktuk. Throughout the time of the year where the Beaufort Sea is free from ice, the unassuming wharf plays host to a wide variety of guests. Travellers from all parts of the world visit this quiet pier.
Fortunately, anyone interested in meeting new and exciting people can rely on the last fuel stop for any vessel travelling to or from the Northwest Passage.
Things to see
- The Northern Lights
- The Pingos
- Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Ice Road
One of the largest gatherings of the year is the Annual Beluga Jamboree.
-If you can find a snowmobile, pick a direction and just drive. Once Tuk is in the distance, you will discover something most people will never hear; utter silence. Very few parts of the world can a person stand and hear absolutely nothing.
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