The traditional name Ikaahuk means ‘where you go across to’ and refers to the movements of people from Victoria Island to Banks Island to hunt, and later to trap foxes.
In the 40s and 50s the good harbour and beech was used to safely harbour Inuvialuit schooners. In the 50s an RCMP post was built and two years later a post office and a weather station. The creation of Aulavik National Park has added to the village’s new tourist industry.
Today David and Mack explored one of the last surviving schooners, The Fox, now hauled up above the beach at Sachs Harbour. Tomorrow they head up the west coast in two aluminum outboard boats with John Luca Jr and Sr. They hope to meet Captain Bob and the Explorer (they are heading to Sachs harbour once again) at Terror Island (about 100 km north), ice and wind permitting.
Terror Island is named after one of Franklyn’s ships. CAE used that camp as a half way point when freighting supplies north.