About Walk to Tuk

Walk to Tuk is an annual community walking challenge that takes place in January and February. Community members, schools, and workplaces are encouraged to form teams and conceptually walk the distance of the Big River from Zhatıé Kų́ę́ (Fort Providence) to Tuktuuyaqtuuq (Tuktoyaktuk), a total of 1,658km. 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, 2020 to collectively walk a total of 1,658 km.

This year will mark the 10th anniversary of Walk to Tuk and we are launching a new Walk to Tuk website to celebrate! In early December, you will be able to access the new site, which will be the hub for all things Walk to Tuk—including registration. Stay tuned for more details!

How to register a team?

Registration will open soon! When registration is open, you will be able to access our new Walk to Tuk website to register.

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 Big River for a total distance of 1,658km
  • Teams have from January 2 to February 28 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 time or distance to the NWTRPA every second Monday by using the new web app
  • Any exercise that is continuous, vigorous-intensity such as jogging or cross-country skiing in bouts of at least 15 minutes can be accepted towards the challenge
What does a team captain do?
  • Registers the team using the team registration form
  • Receives the team’s start up communication tools
  • Tracks and submits the team’s total walking (in minutes or kilometres) 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)
  • Submits team information, pictures, videos, and stories for their team profile page
  • Helps the NWTRPA organize walking celebrations in their community where t-shirts and prizes will be awarded
  • Motivates and encourages 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:
  • Early December, 2019 – January 16, 2020 – Registration.
  • January 2, 2020 – Start of the challenge!
  • January 13, 2020 – Team Captains: Deadline to edit/enter team activity done between January 2 – 12.
  • January 16, 2020 – Last day to register a team.
  • January 27, 2020 – Team Captains: Deadline to edit/enter team activity done between January 13 – January 26.
  • February 10, 2020 – Team Captains: Deadline to edit/enter team activity done between January 27 – February 9.
  • February 28, 2020 – Last day of the challenge!
  • March 1, 2020 – Team Captains: Deadline to edit/enter team activity done between February 9 – February 28.
17 Great Reasons to Participate in Walk to Tuk

Have you heard that Walk to Tuk is a fun way to stay active during the winter, but need a little more convincing before you take the dive?

Here are 17 great reasons that you should participate in Walk to Tuk:

  1. It is a fun, free activity open to anyone.
  2. It will help you stay active when you need it most, during the coldest and darkest months of the year. Participants provide social support and encouragement to their team members to get and stay active.
  3. It is a team activity that encourages all participants, from the youngest to the oldest, to work together towards a common goal.
  4. It is easy to track your team’s progress along the river.
  5. Walking is great for kids as well! It can improve their concentration, supports their cognitive development, and gets them outside in the fresh air.
  6. There are prizes for individuals, teams, and team captains, both at the end of the challenge and each week!
  7. Receive the famous “I Walked to Tuk” T-shirt if your team reaches Tuk.
  8. Teams get to choose their own fun team name.
  9. Team captains are provided with lots of support throughout the entire challenge, including access to tracking sheets, activity ideas, and recruitment posters.
  10. It is accessible. You don’t need any special equipment. Just a good footwear and some warm clothes.
  11. It is flexible. You can count any activity done in bouts of 15 minutes that is continuous and vigorous intensity toward your weekly totals. This includes walking, running, swimming, biking, or cross country skiing.
  12. There are lots of ways to participate. You can participate with your friends on a community team, with your colleagues on a workplace team, or with your classmates if you are a student.
  13. It promotes wellness. Walking has lots of physical and mental health benefits including better focus, lower blood pressure and stress levels, and improved heart and lung health.
  14. It has the potential to increase territory-wide physical activity levels, which could result in improved health outcomes for residents of the NWT.
  15. It is a great way to experience the beautiful outdoor trails and places in your community.
  16. It promotes community cohesion and resiliency.
  17. It fosters community engagement and strengthens relationships.


Registration is open from early December – January 16.