About Walk to Tuk

Walk to Tuk is an annual community walking challenge. Community members, schools, and workplaces are encouraged to form teams and conceptually walk the distance of the Big River from Fort Providence to Tuktoyaktuk (1,658 km) in January and February. This free event is a great way to meet new people and stay active during the cold and dark months of winter.

Teams have from January 2 to February 28, 2018 to collectively walk a total of 1,658 km.

How to register a team?

Registration opens December 1, 2017. When registration is open, go here to sign up.

What are the challenge rules?
  • Teams of up to 20 people (or 35 for school classes) are challenged to walk from Fort Providence to Tuktoyaktuk along the Mackenzie River for a total distance of 1,658km
  • Teams have from January 2 to February 28, 2018 to walk as far as they can along the river
  • One hour of walking equals 5km for teams of 10 or less people
  • One hour of walking equals 4km for teams of 11 – 20 people
  • The team captain will submit team walking hours to the NWTRPA every second Monday
  • Any exercise that is continuous vigorous-intensity such as jogging or cross country skiing in bouts of at least 15 minutes can be accepted as time towards the challenge
What does a team captain do?
  • Registers the team using the team registration form
  • Receive the team’s start up communication tools
  • Track and submit the team’s total walking times (in hours or minutes) online to the NWT Recreation and Parks Association. It is up to the team captain to submit this information every second Monday to have the team’s walking status updated (Teams who submit their total walking times every second Monday will be entered into a weekly draw for the chance to win a prize)
  • Submit team information, pictures, videos and stories for your team profile page
  • Help the NWTRPA organize walking celebrations in their community where t-shirts and prizes will be awarded
  • Motivate and encourage their team to complete the challenge!
What can you win?

Click here to see what prizes you, your team or your team captain could win.

Important dates to remember:
  • December 1, 2017 – January 15, 2018 – Registration
  • January 2, 2018 – Start of the Challenge
  • January 15, 2018 – Last day to register a team
  • January 15, 2018 – Team captains walking times submission date (for walking done between January 2 – 14)
  • January 29, 2018 – Team captains walking times submission date (for walking done between January 15 – January 28)
  • February 12, 2018 – Team captains walking time submission date (for walking done between January 29 – February 11)
  • February 28, 2018 – Last day of the challenge! Last day to submit final walking times
What's new for 2018?

There are five major new additions to this year’s challenge:

  1. Sponsors! – Thank to a number of special businesses we are able to provide some great Walk to Tuk prices and celebrations. Walk to Tuk 2018 would not be possible without the support of; NWT & Nunavut Lotteries, Dominion Doamond Mines, First Air, The North West Company, Lawson Lundell LLP, Crowe MacKay, Blachford Lake Lodge, Dragon Toner, KopyKat and the Inuvialuit Corporation. If you are interested in supporting Walk to Tuk in 2019, contact us!
  2. Team Profile Pages! – Walk to Tuk teams have had their very own profile pages for a number of years but we’ve made some fancy updates! We’ve made it easier for you to see how far your team has walked and to find your team on the map. Teams will also receive a snazzy badge on their profile page when they reach Tuk and also when they make it back to Fort Providence. You’ll have to walk to Tuk and back to see what we mean.
  3. New T-Shirt Colour – Looking for another shirt to add your ‘The Many Colours of Walk to Tuk’ t-shirt collection? Well, then you are in luck. This year we’ll have another great colour and, once again, it will be voted on by you.
  4. Community Map Markers – Red stars along the river have been added to highlight communities you’ll pass on your way and if you click on the communities they’ll show you the number of kilometers left to reach Tuk!
  5. Tell (or Show) Us Your Walk to Tuk Story – Send us a photo, video or a story about your experience taking part in Walk to Tuk and you will be entered into a draw for one of eight $50 gift certificates to Mountain Equipment Co-opSubmit your stories by email to stremblay@nwtrpa.org or on social media by tagging @nwtrpa.

For more information on these additions, visit our WHAT’S NEW WITH WALK TO TUK? post

Walk to Tuk History
  • Walk to Tuk started 2011 with only 550 participants;
  • Each year the challenge has grown in size!
  • In 2015 Walk to Tuk was selected out of over 400 submissions from across Canada as one of six finalists in the Play Exchange. It was showcased on a CBC national television show in January 2015 and was in the running to win up to $1 million to launch the challenge nationwide.
  • Each year participants have surpassed the recommended amount of exercise stated in Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines