Aklavik (barren-ground grizzly place)

Aklavik is located on the west shore of the Peel Channel of the Mackenzie Delta and is 40 miles west of Inuvik. North-Wright Airways provides service to the community when the ice road no longer supports traffic and throughout the summer months. The community is served three times per day Monday through Friday and twice daily on the weekends. Aklavik is the final resting place for the infamous Albert Johnson (also known as the Mad Trapper of Rat River) who was shot and killed by RCMP members after firing upon and killing a few officers during the winter of 1931-32. The whole chase and gun fights lasted 42 days and aircraft and radios were introduced to aid in the search. During the 1950s the banks of the Peel channel were quickly eroding and some of the town had to be evacuated to a new community which soon became known as Inuvik. The people of Aklavik largely depend on hunting, trapping and fishing as part of their traditional life.

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