Take the only road to the Arctic Ocean. Stop along the way to marvel at ice-cored hills known as pingos that once served as lookouts for Inuvialuit travelling the land.
Easily visible from the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway and the community of Tuktoyaktuk, the pingos are distinctive hills that you can experience in the following ways:
- Savour the panoramic view of the pingos jutting out from the flat tundra when you stop at the roadside pullout, approximately 3 kilometres west of Tuktoyaktuk on the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway
- Access the pingo viewing boardwalk by water
- Take a guided tour with a local outfitter and listen to stories of traditional connections and uses of the pingos
- Bring your canoe or kayak or rent one from a local operator and launch from the beach at the Pingo Day Use Area to paddle 30 to 40 minutes to the pingo viewing boardwalk.
Insider’s tip: Be sure to bring your binoculars because the boardwalk is a bird-viewing paradise!
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