Arctic Ocean Tuk Tours

Eileen spent over 40 years in a bush camp, living a traditional hunting and trapping lifestyle with her husband Billy. She says that being born and raised in Tuktoyaktuk means living in between two worlds - the traditional and the modern one. Eileen and Billy are a wealth of knowledge about anything related to hunting, trapping, living on the land, as well as local wildlife and birds. Eileen's company offers cultural tours and traditional food tastings where the visitors can learn about traditional Inuvialuit ways of living. The traditional food tastings feature caribou soup with bannock, muskox meat, and other local delacacies. Eileen also built her own smokehouse to show her guests how smoked and dried fish is made. She says that visiting Tuktoyaktuk is a rare opportunity for visitors to see what life is like in a community that was isolated until very recently.

Tuktoyaktuk is the anglicized form of the native Inuvialuit place-name, meaning "resembling a caribou". According to legend, a woman looked on as some caribou, common at the site, waded into the water and turned into stone, or became petrified. Today, reefs resembling these petrified caribou are said to be visible at low tide along the shore of the town.

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