We know, eventually, that the COVID pandemic will come to an end – and visitors will once again travel the ITH (Inuvik-Tuk Highway) North to the Arctic coast.
In anticipation of this eventuality, something else travelled the ITH on February 1st – a new (temporary) Visitors Information Centre bound for the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk.
The 12’ by 40’ modular unit was constructed in Inuvik by Arctic Storage and Rentals and transported to its new location by Northwind Industries. Once in place, it will require some final touches – like the addition of steps and railings, and then it will be ready to go.
The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment provided the investment for the facility. Canada’s Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) funded the costs of site preparation in Tuktoyaktuk.
ITI and CanNor will also be funding the development and installation of an interpretive display that will serve as the key feature of the new tourism facility. It will be created in collaboration with the community itself and will capture and celebrate the history, traditions and culture of Tuktoyaktuk and the people who call Tuk home.
In time, the Hamlet hopes visitor information services will be moved into a new cultural centre that is being planned to showcase the community and its attractions to visitors travelling North from Inuvik.