Mixing Pleasure with Business

OK, I have to ask: when was the last time that you went to a meeting or conference and ended up sleeping aboard a barge under the midnight sun? Every June, Inuvik hosts as many as 500 delegates for the Inuvik Petroleum Show. It’s a large crowd for a town of 3,500 people, but we’re a creative bunch. When local hotels, bed & breakfasts, apartment buildings and college dorms fill up with slumbering delegates, the town of Inuvik uses a barge that has about 40 self-contained rooms.
Beneath the beauty of the Northwest Territories lies a place with the capacity to comfortably hold meetings and conferences for 50 to 500 people. Local planners can coordinate the on-the-ground details – and caterers will keep people fed and watered. From the northern coast to the southern region, the territory also offers delegates the option of unique in-conference tours and pre/post-conference activities.  
Inuvik: Taste of the Arctic
Inuvik, which is perched near the top of the world on the Arctic Coast, can easily host 300 delegates. It’s the largest Canadian community north of the Arctic Circle and has three hotels, an apartment-hotel and bed and breakfast. The Midnight Sun Complex, which includes a community hall meeting space, full-sized arena and curling rink, can be converted into a conference centre and trade show venue for about 100 booths.
Take one of the daily flights from Edmonton and Yellowknife – or drive the legendary Dempster Highway through the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Take a boat tour of the Mackenzie Delta or a community tour of Tuktoyaktuk with Up North Tours. Try flightseeing or wildlife viewing with Arctic Adventure Tours.  
Yellowknife: Territorial Capital
It takes less than two hours to fly from Edmonton to Yellowknife on one of four airlines. With six hotels and a total of more than 500 rooms, there are plenty of places to sleep. Meeting space can accommodate up to 500 people. Delegates can enjoy some fresh air during a dogsledding excursion with Beck’s Kennels or a snowmobile tour with North Star Adventures.
During warmer weather, a former chef will prepare a shore lunch during a half-day fishing trip with Yellowknife Outdoor Adventures. Stretch your legs during a walking tour with My Backyard Tours or stencil a northern design on your own recycled glass during a workshop with Old Town Glassworks. Grab your clubs and go golfing under the midnight sun – but watch for thieving ravens that like to steal the balls.
Hay River: The Hub
Hay River, where planes and roads intersect in the southern part of the territory, has facilities to accommodate up to 150 delegates. Getting there is as easy as hopping on a plane in Edmonton or Yellowknife. Accommodations are available from among five hotels and two bed and breakfasts. After the day is done, take a scenic harbour tour or learn about the commercial fishery on Great Slave Lake with Great Slave Lake Tours.
Stay an extra day or two to enjoy soaring over the peaks and valleys of Nahanni National Park Reserve with legendary Simpson Air. Bring your family so that they, too, can experience the place where the sun rises but forgets to set in summer. Download a copy of the Northwest Territories Meeting & Conference planner here