Highway expansion boost Tuktoyaktuk tourism

Published on : Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tuktoyaktuk tourismNow, Tuktoyaktuk in Canada is all prepared to greet tourists with new signage and facilities. Credit goes to the investment of around $300,000 from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency or CanNor.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor declared about the funding today.

With the inauguration of the new Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway, the Incorporated Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk has since become busy developing, as well as beautifying and increasing the convenience of the community in order to serve better and meet tourists’ needs. Lately, Tuktoyaktuk designed and installed directional along with interpretive signage in the community, helping with information on particular attractions. Also, the Hamlet reconstructed an accessible and traditionally bedecked sod house. Besides, it beautified the community with the help of fresh paints on public buildings, and positioned benches and picnic tables. A research will be done to decide the suitability of the “Tuk Ice House” for tourism purposes.

In addition, the investment will help to build a new rest area with shelters and washrooms close to the Arctic Ocean named the “End of the Road Rest Stop.” The space developed only recently will provide unique vistas of the Arctic Ocean – encouraging the visitors to unravel the beauty of the Hamlet completely.

Community employment has grown as a result of funding through infrastructure development projects, which while getting advanced, will foster tourism-related jobs in Tuktoyaktuk.

To quote The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor, “our government is strongly committed to working collaboratively with residents, businesses, as well as with local and territorial governments to bring people together on projects that benefit their communities. There are great opportunities for innovative economic and tourism development thanks to the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway and we’re proud to see the community seizing it. This investment will help provide an enjoyable experience for tourists and will benefit residents of the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk – enabling them to proudly showcase their cultural heritage as well as the impressive natural landscape.”

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