WHEN YOU GO
Do this trip: Parks Canada offers guided five-day trips to Ivvavik National Park every summer (June and early July) in its Northern Iconic Experiences program. Prices in 2018 are $3,700 ($4,450 with a Herschel Island stopover) and trips start in Inuvik. Details: parkscanada.ca. Get there: You can get to Inuvik via Whitehorse, but I flew Air Canada to Yellowknife, where I stayed in the Explorer Hotel (explorerhotel.ca) at the start of my trip and the Days Inn and Suites (daysinn.ca) at the end. I took Canadian North (canadiannorth.com) to Inuvik, where I stayed at Capital Suites Inuvik (capitalsuites.ca). Parks Canada hired Aklak Air (aklakair.ca) to fly us into Ivvavik. Give yourself lots of wiggle room for fog, wind and other weather delays. While you’re in the area: In Yellowknife, I made a glass with Old Town Glassworks, fished with Great Slave Lake Tours and toured the city with My Backyard Tours. In Inuvik, I toured the Igloo church and community greenhouse and went on a boat trip through the Mackenzie Delta with Only Way Outfitting. Do your research: spectacularnwt.com, travelyukon.com.