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That update for the town population is strange. I got the initial information also from the town website. It seems that in one place they have 1996 information and in the other they've got 2000 information. -- Michael 02:16 20 May 2003 (UTC)

Per the Statscan Community Profile as of 2001, pop is 2894, down from 3296 in 1996. Samaritan 01:13, 25 Dec 2004 (UTC)

I could not make heads or tails of this, so removed it to here for external editing.

Access is via the Dempster Highway for the majority of the year. Closure during the time for ice to form and allow a winter road, and to thaw to allow the ferry to run. At these times, air access only. When the Mackenzie flows there is a commercial barge service from Hay River, on the Gt.Slave Lake to the communities or the whole of the western artctic, including the north coast of Alaska.

If this block could be clarified, answering questions like "when is closure time?" and "when is thaw time?" and "what do ferries have to do with the Dempster Highway?" and that sort of thing, the information itself does belong in the article. -- Michael 08:47 28 May 2003 (UTC)


I moved this url: *A "virtual tour" of the town out of the article since it kept coming up as a 404 error. Should anyone else like to find out if it moved, they can find it here. --Displaced Raleighite 00:43, 9 Sep 2004 (UTC)


Having driven the length of the Dempster in January, and on across the ocean ice road to Tuk, I can offer a possible edit for the paragraph:

Access is via the Dempster Highway for the majority of the year. The Dempster is impassable during the spring and fall months and access is only possible via air, as 2 large rivers on the highway are only crossable via ferry in the summer or ice road in winter. When the Mackenzie flows there is a commercial barge service from Hay River, on the Gt.Slave Lake to the communities along the whole of the western arctic, including the north coast of Alaska. Access via ground from Tuktoyaktuk to the north is only possible in winter over an ice road extending across a section of the Arctic Ocean and down the Mackenzie River which is rated for 65,000 pound loads.

67.183.136.163 08:25, 5 January 2006 (UTC)Paul Berg


Is there anyone who could add a pronunciation guide in the first paragraph? I believe the stress is on the second syllable but as I've never heard it pronounced I can't be certain. Eliza Parry (talk) 15:23, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

The artificial sun thingy?[edit]

Shouldn't there be in there somewhere something about that artificial sun-ball-balloon thingy that was made by Tropicana?

I read about it from http://www.cracked.com/article_18545_the-5-ballsiest-ways-man-has-replaced-nature_p2.html #1... —Preceding unsigned comment added by Old Cthulhu (talkcontribs) 12:21, 30 May 2010 (UTC)

Climate data needs an explanation[edit]

Inuvik's climate doesn't seem to match its latitude or location, so an explanation of why it is so warm from a reputable source is in order in my opinion. The data doesn't seem believable at all, so additionally I would say it needs more sources than usual. 173.216.242.44 (talk) 20:48, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

I'm not sure what you mean by the data not being believable. Can you explain a bit more? Why do the temperatures seem to be too warm? They don't seem too much different than Tuktoyaktuk, Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories or Aklavik. Also there really isn't a better source than the Environment Canada one. CBWeather, Talk, Seal meat for supper? 04:35, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
The temperatures should be similar to Barrow, Alaska given the latitude and proximity to the arctic ocean. I'm not doubting that this is true, I'm only saying that this data is so unusual that it requires an explanation. Granted, I'm not a local so I don't know the area that well but I have taken a strong interest to it. 173.216.242.44 (talk) 05:01, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
But the latitude is not the main factor. Barrow is a bit further north than Inuvik, about 325 km (202 mi). Barrow is on the coast while Inuvik is inland a bit. Also a give away that the climate in Inuvik should be milder is that they are south of the tree line#Arctic tree lines. Take a look at the huge difference in climate for Calgary and London. London is about 50 km (31 mi) north of Calgary but is a lot warmer. CBWeather, Talk, Seal meat for supper? 05:34, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
My point is that for people who are not familiar with the area, the information is really confusing because it seems very counterintuitive. 207.224.79.12 (talk) 20:38, 13 January 2015 (UTC)
See Honningsvåg, Norway, a city located over 2.5 degrees of latitude north of Inuvik, to see that coastal influences, ocean currents, and wind patterns can produce considerable difference in climatic conditions far north, just as they do in other latitudes. Inuvik's climate apparently fluctuates between further extremes than the more moderate Honningsvåg, especially at the low side, and average summer highs are fairly close. Rapid temperature shifts during seasonal change are also common to a variety of locales that experience wide extremes: check out averages for cities in Minnesota, for example. One cannot discount the effects of 24-hour sun near the summer solstice, either. Inuvik would have a shorter span for this than Honningsvåg, but it lasts from early-mid May until early August at Honningsvåg. That leaves weeks of time for heat to accumulate without night-time dissipation. Honningsvåg's climate is especially cloudy during summer, which reflects much of it back even as it is received. The Inuvik data makes no mention of cloudiness, only of precipitation, but wetness does not always imply how often skies are overcast. It rains daily in Los Alamos, NM during summer, usually between 2 and 3 PM, but it is also usually sunny all day except for the hour or two of the thunderstorm. Some added data might help to explain your doubts, but what we see here is not as counterintuitive as you suggest. Evensteven (talk) 08:28, 7 November 2015 (UTC)

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Climate data[edit]

Does anyone have a link to the sunshine data used in the climate chart here? Air.light (talk) 00:39, 11 November 2018 (UTC)