Walk to Tuk … for Real!

 April 4, 2017
Posted by ryoung

Walk to Tuk has just wrapped up it’s 7th year, one that saw over 3600 NWTers get moving during the months of January and February. And yet, in all of the years that the Walk to Tuk has been happening, there has never been an ACTUAL Walk to Tuk. Well, the wait is over. In celebration of the last year of Tuktoyaktuk ice road, organizers out of Inuvik and Tuk are giving you the chance to walk from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk. Once again, this is not an NWTRPA event but we want to share it with you anyways! 

Walk: Inuvik to Tuk 2017

What – Celebrate the Last Winter of the Inuvik to Tuk Ice Road by walking from Inuvik to Tuk

When – 10 -15 April 2017, 9 am – 6 pm each day

Where – On the Inuvik to Tuk Ice Road

Why – This is the last winter the Inuvik to Tuk Ice Road will be open.  For the past 40+ years the ice road has gone from Inuvik – down the Mackenzie River and along the Arctic Ocean to Tuk.  This is the longest continuous ice road known that is 50% on the Arctic Ocean.

It is also Canada’s 150th Anniversary and celebrating that by walking 184 km through such a spectacular part of Canada will be a once in a life time experience. This is also the last year the ice road will go to Tuk as the Inuvik-Tuk Highway opens in November 2017.  Imagine walking down the Mackenzie River and thinking that 150 years ago Gwich’in hunters may have traveled the river on snowshoes or by dog team.  Or walking along the Arctic Ocean past the world famous pingos to Tuk and seeing the same pingos that Inuvialuit hunters would have seen when out hunting seals 150 years ago!

How – The Walk will be supported with a drop-off and pick-up each day.  At the end of the day walkers will mark the spot with their own personal wooden stake and start at that spot the next day.  Once on the Ice Road participants will be self-supported and will need to bring all necessary gear and food for a full day walking outside. There are six sections to the Walk that are approximately 30 km or 18 miles each.  Walkers can choose to walk the entire distance of 184 km or walk whatever section they would like to enjoy.  Walkers could do it solo, with a team or as a relay.  The last 2 sections of the Walk will be done out of Tuk.

Who – Anyone can participate in the Walk.

To register click here

Special Day of Celebration – On Thursday, the 13th April 2017 there will be a special celebration in Tuk to recognize the important role the Inuvik to Tuk Ice Road has played the last 40+ years.

For more information please contact Peter Clarkson – 867 77-7445 (day) or 867 777-2594 (evenings).