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Inuvialuit drummers and dancers



Paulatuk, whose name translates to "Place of coal" is an Inuvialuit community of about 300 near the western mouth of the famed Northwest Passage. This is the ancestral territory of the Copper Inuit and they still practice traditional hunting, trapping and Arctic Char fishing.The community became permanently occupied following the opening of a trading post here in 1935.

As its name would suggest, Paulatuk is near to the Smoking Hills, a constantly burning coal seam.

From Paulatuk, take a charter plane into Tuktut Nogait, one of Canada's least-visited National Parks. You'll have "Young Caribou Place" practically to yourself! Paddle the Hornaday River and marvel at the park's stunning canyons and the beautiful La Roncière Falls.

Access Paulatuk by air from Inuvik.

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