Sachs Harbour services and facilities

Sachs Harbour
Sachs Harbour
© Parks Canada / James McCormick

Sachs Harbour is the closest community to Aulavik, and is situated along the southwest coast of Banks Island, 250 kilometres from the park. This small hamlet has a population of about 120, and many residents still engage in traditional activities such as hunting, fishing and trapping. Fish, geese, caribou and muskoxen make up an important part of their diet.

Sachs Harbour is also home to Inuvialuit hunting and fishing guides, as well as artists known for their beautiful crafts, and soapstone and muskox horn carvings. Services in the hamlet include an airport, nursing station, general store, and guesthouse. Aklak Air in Inuvik flies to Sachs Harbour every Monday and Thursday. In the summer an additional Saturday flight is often added.

For information, contact:

Hamlet of Sachs Harbour
Box 90
Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories
X0E 0Z0
Tel: (867) 690-4351

Joe Apiana, Inuvialuit elder and Sachs Harbour carver
Joe Apiana, Inuvialuit elder and Sachs Harbour carver
© Parks Canada / Wayne Lynch

Accomodations

Kuptanas Guest House
Box 15
Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories
X0E 0Z0
Tel./Fax. (867) 690-4151

Groceries

Ikahuk Co-op
Box 109
Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories
X0E 0Z0
Tel: (867) 690-4222

The Co-Op sells most types of groceries, though fresh foods may be limited. We suggest that you prepare your backcountry meals before arriving in Sachs Harbour as the variety in the store is limited and no bulk or freeze-dried food is available.

Inuvialuit children in Sachs Harbour
Inuvialuit children in Sachs Harbour
© Parks Canada / Wayne Lynch

Other services

Public Telephone: A public phone is available at the airport and at the Hamlet Office.

Banking: There is no ATM machine in Sachs Harbour. The Ikahuk Co-op accepts debit cards, Visa and MasterCard. Cash can also be drawn on debit cards.

Health Care: The Health Centre has one nurse on staff. Tel: (867) 690-4181

Police: The nearest RCMP detachment is in Inuvik. Tel: (867) 777-1111

Inuvik services and facilities

Inuvik
Inuvik
© Parks Canada

Inuvik is located on the Mackenzie River, 750 km southwest of Aulavik National Park. The town has a population of 3,450 and is the regional service centre for the Western Arctic. A wide variety of services are available including several grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, a bank and ATM machine, hospital, and an RCMP detachment. Inuvik is serviced by the Dempster Highway and by daily flights from southern Canada.

For information on the Inuvik area contact:

Town of Inuvik
2 Firth Street
Inuvik, Northwest Territories
X0E 0T0
Tel. (867) 777-8600

Or visit the following sites:

http://www.inuvikinfo.com