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Ivvavik National Park of Canada

How to Get There

Accessing the Park

Map of Ivvavik and Region
Map of Ivvavik and Region
© Parks Canada

Map of Ivvavik
Map of Ivvavik
© Parks Canada

Unloading gear at Margaret Lake
Unloading gear at Margaret Lake.
© Parks Canada / Brian Johnston, June 1998

Aircraft Access

Charter aircraft is presently the most common and practical means of accessing the park. Aircraft charter services are available from Inuvik , located 200 kilometres east of the park. Inuvik, population 3,450, is the largest community in the region and is serviced by the Dempster Highway and by daily flights from southern Canada.

Air access locations are: Margaret Lake, Sheep Creek, Stokes Point, Nunaluk Spit and Komakuk Beach. The landing sites at these locations are NOT maintained and some sites require special landing gear.

After being dropped off in the park for multi-day trips, visitors are on their own until the plane returns to pick them up. Poor weather can easily prevent the plane from returning on schedule. Make sure to carry extra supplies and schedule in at least two extra days in case of a delayed flight.

Aircraft Landing Permits

Visitors must apply for a free Parks Canada Aircraft Landing Permit which will be issued when registering for your trip. Aircraft charter companies will ask for your landing permit before leaving. No aircraft is permitted to land in Ivvavik without one.

Note: Aircraft charter companies must also have a current National Parks Business License to land in Ivvavik National Park.

To the top Fixed-Wing Aircraft Companies

Aklak Air
Box 1190
Inuvik, Northwest Territories
X0E 0T0
Tel.: (867) 777-3555/3777
Fax: (867) 777-3388

North-Wright Air Ltd.
Bag Service 2200
Norman Wells, Northwest Territories
X0E 0V0
Tel.: (867) 587-2288
Fax: (867) 587-2962
E-mail:

To the top Helicopter Companies

Canadian Helicopters
Box 2689
Inuvik, Northwest Territories
X0E 0T0
Tel.: (867) 777-2424
Fax: (867) 777-3448

Gwich'in Helicopters Ltd.
Box 3100
Inuvik, Northwest Territories
X0E 0T0
Tel: (867) 678-2270
Fax: (867) 678-2271
Cell: (867) 678-0270
Website: www.greatslaveheli.com
E-mail: inuvik@greatslaveheli.com

Highland Helicopters
Box 2510
Inuvik, Northwest Territories
X0E 0T0
Tel.: (867) 777-5151
Fax: (867) 777-5155

To the top Licensed Outfitters

Rivers, Oceans and Mountains
c/o Brian McCutcheon
7025 Beggs Road
Nelson, British Columbia
V1L 5P6
Tel./Fax: 1-888-639-1114
E-mail:
Website: www.iroamtheworld.com

Nahanni River Adventures  & Canadian River Expeditions
c/o Neil Hartling
P.O. Box 31203
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 5P7
Tel.: (867) 668-3180
Fax: (867) 668-3056
E-mail:
Website: www.nahanni.com

The Explorers League World & Wilderness Rafting Expeditions Ltd.
PO Box 93557, Nelson Park
Vancouver, BC V6E 4L7
Phone: (778) 785-0469
Fax: (778) 785-0472
E-mail:
Website: www.explorersleague.ca