On the west side of the Mackenzie Delta, Aklavik was once the trading centre of the Western Arctic and a stopping off point for the first aerial pioneers. The community figured in several world news stories connected with aviation and one event continues to attract curiosity to this day – the story of the Mad Trapper of Rat River. The subject of the first aerial manhunt, the Mad Trapper was eventually killed and is buried at Aklavik.
Aklavik was prone to flooding and had little room to grow so a new community was designed to replace it, called Inuvik. But Aklavik refused to die and the community remains a centre for fishing, hunting and trapping. There's bed and breakfast accommodation and scheduled fights from Inuvik five days a week.
The Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) is an Aboriginal organization that represents Participants (Beneficiaries) of the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (1992) in the Mackenzie-Delta of the Northwest Territories.
The objectives of the GTC are to:
- protect and preserve the rights, interest and benefits of the Gwich’in...
Two single rooms. Meals are optional, you can prepare your own, or we will provide them at additional cost. Located in the historic hamlet of Aklavik. Scheduled flights serve Aklavik from Inuvik, winter access from Inuvik via ice road.