Happy Valley Territorial Park
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Introduction

Happy Valley Territorial Park is a unique park located in the heart of Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

Unlike many other territorial parks, Happy Valley is nestled in the midst of town. Inuvik is known as the Land of the Midnight Sun and the gateway to Beaufort-Delta. The town is close to the Arctic Ocean and offers visitors stunning views of the nearby Richardson Mountains.

The park itself sits on a scenic bluff overlooking the Mackenzie River. Guests can hike through treeless tundra and the northern boreal forest. Fishing is a popular pastime on the river as well as canoeing and traveling by small motor boat.

Walk one block into downtown Inuvik for a taste of northern arts and culture. You can also drive the famous Dempster Highway to cross the Arctic Circle and travel over mountain ranges and river crossings.

Happy Valley Campground offers RV camping June through September. The campground features 27 RV campsites, 19 of which have electrical hookups.The campground offers 24 hour security. Guests have access to clean restrooms, showers, and fresh water.

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Transportation in Happy Valley Territorial Park

Driving

Happy Valley Territorial Park is located in the heart of Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada, about one block from the city’s downtown area. Visitors can access Happy Valley Park from the famous Dempster Highway. The town sits near the Arctic Circle and the Arctic Ocean. The roads are paved and well-maintained, but wintery conditions are common in the off season.

All roads within the park and the campground are paved and accessible for RVs and trailers.

Visitors can navigate the entire park and campground on foot. Small trails travel down the bluff to the Mackenzie River. They can also walk into the town of Inuvik.

Bicycles are welcome at Hidden Valley Territorial Park. Biking is allowed on all park and campground roads. All bicyclists under the age of 18 must wear a helmet.

Parking

Parking is available at each site in the campground. Park only in designated areas, and do not park along roadways.

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Campgrounds and parking in Happy Valley Territorial Park

Campsites in Happy Valley Territorial Park

Reservations camping

Happy Valley Campground

Happy Valley Campground offers RV camping June through September. The campground features 27 RV campsites, 19 of which have electrical hookups. Generator use is allowed except for during quiet hours from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. The campground offers 24 hour security. Guests have access to clean restrooms, showers, and fresh water. A sanitation station is located near the entrance. Sites also include picnic tables and BBQ pits.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Happy Valley Territorial Park

In-Season

Hiking

While Happy Valley Territorial Park does not offer traditional hiking trails, it does feature short trails that connect to greater trail systems in the area. These trails take hiking enthusiasts over both treeless tundra and through northern boreal forest. They also weave along the maze of streams, lakes, rivers, and other waterways that form the nearby Delta. Hikers are advised to never hike alone and keep a watchful eye out for arctic wildlife and changing weather conditions.

Boating

Locals and visiting campers come to Happy Valley Territorial Park for access to the east branch of the Mackenzie River. A boat launch in the park near the Happy Valley Campground is available for public use. The river connects to the nearby deltas and connecting water systems. Visitors can enjoy the river by canoe or small motor boat. The Mackenzie River eventually empties into the Arctic Ocean. Keep an eye out for native waterfowl and aquatic life.

Explore Downtown Inuvik

Happy Valley Territorial Park is located in the heart of Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Inuvik acts as the gateway to the Beaufort-Delta and is known as the Land of the Midnight Sun. Its unique location at two degrees above the Arctic Circle makes the town a hub for a wide variety of people and cultures. Campers can walk one block into downtown Inuvik for restaurants, museums, and art galleries. The town also offers internet access and other business amenities.

Off-Season

Picnicking

Happy Valley Territorial park offers campers plenty of space to enjoy a meal together. Each campsite includes a picnic table and BBQ pits for guests to use as well as fire pits scattered throughout the park. From the campground, visitors enjoy a view of the Mackenzie River and the nearby Richardson Mountains. For those looking to purchase food, the park is a short walk from local restaurants and additional picnic areas. Please store and discard of food properly to prevent attracting wildlife to the park.

Wildlife Watching

The area surrounding Happy Valley Territorial Park is home to a unique arctic ecosystem. Visitors exploring the town of Inuvik and the surrounding areas can catch a glimpse of some of the Northwest Territories’ most majestic wildlife. The water is home to a variety of waterfowl including loons and eagles. The surrounding forests are home to bears, fox, moose, lynx, and porcupines. Campers are reminded to never feed the animals and to properly store and discard food.

Fishing

The Mackenzie River offers excellent fishing opportunities for locals and visiting boaters. Fishermen can launch onto the river from the Happy Valley Campground. A variety of fish live in the river. Anglers can find a secluded spot on the shore to set up for the day, or fishermen can fish from the water instead. The river allows fishing from both power boats and canoes. All fishermen should be sure to have a current fishing license.

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