Pingo Canadian Landmark protects a unique arctic landform: ice-cored hills called pingos. Rising out of the flat tundra, these hills provide a distinctive backdrop to the community of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. Pingo Canadian Landmark features eight of the 1350 pingos found in the region including Ibyuk Pingo, Canada's highest. Reaching 49 metres (160 feet) in height and stretching 300 metres (984 feet) across its base, Ibyuk is also the world's second-tallest pingo.
For centuries, pingos have acted as navigational aids for Inuvialuit travelling by land and water and as a convenient height of land for spotting caribou on the tundra or whales offshore.
Pingo Canadian Landmark offers an impressive landscape for visitors to the Western Arctic Region. Located just five kilometres (3 miles) from Tuktoyaktuk, the landmark protects fascinating Arctic landforms that are relatively easily accessed from the community.
Depending on the season, a variety of wildflowers, songbirds, waterfowl, and the occasional fox or ground squirrel provide photography and viewing opportunities for landmark visitors.
Western Arctic Field Unit
PO Box 1840 Inuvik NT X0E 0T0
Western Arctic Field Unit
81 Kingmingya Road Inuvik NT X0E 0T0
Hours of operation
Open all year-round
Visitor services are available, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Free admission for youth in 2018. Other fees still apply.
Few animals make Pingo Canadian Landmark their permanent home. However, many species take advantage of its varied habitats for short periods of time. It is not unusual to see caribou grazing at the base of a pingo.
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