One major difference and highlight between the Dalton and Dempster Highways is that an actual town exists at the end of the road of the latter—Inuvik. With a population of about 3,500 and temperatures that has reached -58 degrees Celsius, it is the most northerly town which one could drive to during the summer months in Canada. We really couldn’t have timed it better. Today, Inuvik celebrates Aboriginal Day which also coincides with the summer solstice. It’s going to be day filled with activities and performances showcasing aboriginal cultures. We can hardly wait!
Our first stop: The Western Arctic Regional Visitors Centre
This couple drove their car all the way from Vancouver. They couldn’t have picked a better place to spend their vacation.
Jim Coe Park is where all the festivities took place
The barbecue’s all fired up! We were so excited when we found out that all the food was free.
First course of the day: A nice juicy hamburger
CBC Radio was covering the event and asked us a few questions about our trip
Of course we helped out where it was needed
We met this fella who’s starting his bike ride across Canada.
And we thought we were hardcore
We ran into Manuel & Mira again and we also met ADV’ers MikeRD400 & WheatWacker who joined in on the festivities. Even the Mounties joined in on the fun.
Second course for the day: Smoked, dried, and barbequed whitefish
It doesn’t get any fresher than this
One thing’s for sure, there wasn’t a shortage of food.
There was a fashion show
It seems like this poor girl was forced to go up on stage. She didn’t look like she was having a good time.
A drum & dance performance
Then there’s the blanket toss (Nalukatuk). Here I am holding a blanket made from canvas, getting ready to toss the blanket dancer up in the air.
The blanket dancer
Up he goes! Participants can reach heights of up to 20 feet and more.
Others can join in too…if you have the guts.
The blanket toss was first used by Inuit hunters so that they can spot animals far off in the distance.
Home and native land.
A time of celebration.
This is Canada.