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10 Interesting Facts About Inuvik

Facts About Inuvik

  • Inuvik is a town in the Northwest Territories of Canada, is the administrative centre for the Inuvik Region.
  • Inuvik is both a Gwich’in and an Inuvialuit community.
  • Inuvik was conceived in 1953 as a replacement administrative centre for the hamlet of Aklavik on the west of the Mackenzie Delta, as the latter was prone to flooding and had no room for expansion.
  • Initially called “New Aklavik”, it was renamed Inuvik in 1958.
  • Inuvik achieved village status in 1967 and became a full town in 1979 with an elected mayor and council.
  • Due to its northern location, Inuvik experiences an average of 56 days of continuous sunlight every summer and 30 days of polar night every winter.
  • The highest temperature ever recorded in Inuvik was 32.8 °C on 17 June 1999 and 20 July 2001. The coldest temperature ever recorded was −56.7 °C on 4 February 1968.
  • The Estimated Population of Inuvik is 3,243.
  • Inuvik means “Place of Man” in Inuvialuktun, the local Inuit language.
  • The town is served by the Inuvik Drum, a community newspaper published weekly by Northern News Services.
Facts About Inuvik
Facts About Inuvik

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