Tuktoyaktuk Airport

Look north, following the direction of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway as it travels into the vast tundra. And then keep going until you reach the frosty shores of the Arctic Ocean. Here you'll find Tuktoyaktuk, which is an Anglicized Inuit word that means "resembling a caribou." Legends of this ancient place say that some caribou were turned to stone as they walked in the water near the shoreline. If you visit at the right time, when the tide is low, you can see the mysterious rock formations that give this small town its name. Tuktoyaktuk/James Gruben Airport (YUB) is named for both the settlement and a local pilot and business owner, James Gruben. Gruben passed away on the dangerous ice road in 2001, which used to be the only land route to the town. It has since been replaced by a permanent, all season highway that has been open since 2017.

Departure and Arrival Information

YUB, like the city itself, is quite small. It has limited regular service to one place with one airline. The facilities are equipped to handle aircraft that carry no more than 15 passengers each. YUB still has some important distinctions, such as being an airport of entry according to Nav Canada, and is staffed by the Canadian Border Services Agency. The air transportation available here is strictly regional, offering services to the city of Inuvik and hosting a single airline. 

  • Kenn Borek Air is actually a regional airline based in Calgary, Alberta, and its headquarters are located at Calgary International Airport. The company is responsible for both cargo and passenger traffic in the Arctic and also leases planes to private pilots. In YUB, it operates under the subsidiary Aklak Air, which has its home base at Inuvik Airport.This is the only route it services from Tuktoyaktuk.

Remember that flights to and within this part of the world are always expensive, and there are few opportunities for discounts and loyalty rewards. The 30 minutes it takes to get from Tuktoyaktuk to Inuvik is regularly at least several hundred dollars, which is typical for air travel in Canada's north. Visitors to the city need to plan their transportation to and from the airport before their arrival, as amenities at the airport are limited and do not include public transportation or even taxi service.

What to see and do in Tuktoyaktuk

Poised at the very edge of Canada's Arctic shores, Tuktoyaktuk has scenic beauty, rare wildlife, and fascinating culture. The history of settlement in this area goes back into the dawn of time, and modern life has its own legends, stories, and strange quirks.

  • Invasion of the Beer People. This is actually a name of the film that documented a unique event that took place in Tuktoyaktuk in 1995. The Molson Brewing Company arranged an elaborate music festival as part of a publicity stunt for a new brand of beer. You can still buy memorabilia and souvenirs of the event, which brought visitors from all over North America to the far north.
  • Pingo National Landmark. The colloquial term is pingo, but geologists refer to these landforms as hydrolaccoliths. Simply put, these are mounds of ice covered by earth, and they only exist in parts of Canada and Russia that have a permafrost environment. The landmark is just 5 kilometres outside of town, encompasses about sixteen square kilometres, and includes several pingos. Other features at Canada's only National Landmark include "massive ice" which is a section of frozen groundwater, and the one here is more than 500 meters long and ten meters high.
  • The Mackenzie River Delta. This is just part of a vast river system that touches virtually all of western Canada, including the Arctic. In the ice-free months, this is used as a virtual highway system to connect several different Arctic communities and cities in northern Canada. It is considered to be the largest and most complete ecosystem on the entire continent, rivalled only by the Mississippi River system in the United States. The delta is home to various types of migratory birds and more than 50 species of fish.
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Longitude:133° 2' 4'' W
Latitude:69° 25' 44'' N

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