Old Crow Arctic Research Facility

The Old Crow Arctic Research Facility contains four bays and a separate gas cache. One bay is for research storage space, one for Vuntut National Park, one for Vuntut Gwitch’in Government Natural Resources and the fourth houses the laboratory, walk-in freezer and palaeontological collections. The facility is owned and operated by the Vuntut Gwitch’in Government Natural Resources Department.

OC 1

Name Email Phone Number
Primary Contact Megan Williams mwilliams@vgfn.net (867) 966-3261, ext. 270
Secondary Contact Lance Nagwan nrd@vgfn.net (867) 966-3261 ext. 245

Download Old Crow Arctic Research Facility profile as a PDF document

Vuntut Gwitch’in Government

Regular Member




Located within the community of Old Crow beside the John Tizya Centre on the Porcupine River.

Nearest Community
Old Crow

Territory/ Province

Aboriginal Government/ Homeland
Vuntut Gwitch’in: www.vgfn.ca; www.oldcrow.ca

Facility Type
Year-Round Research Station, Community Research Facility

Research Hinterland
Continuous Permafrost, Large River, Mountain, Riparian, Wetland, Woodland Tundra

Main Research Disciplines
Anthropology, Archaeology, Astrophysics, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Biochemistry, Climatology, Environmental Sciences, Geology and Sedimentology, Geophysics, Geocryology, Geomorphology, Human Biology/Wellness, Hydrology, Isotopic Chemistry, Limnology, Mapping/GIS, Marine biology, Microbiology, Paleoecology, Paleolimnology, Sociology, Soil Science, Terrestrial Biology/Ecology, Traditional/Aboriginal Knowledge

Current Projects
Muskrat ecology, fresh water fish contaminants, navigation systems, palaeontology, hydrology, vegetation, riparian birds, permafrost, caribou health, water temperature, harvest monitoring, heliobacter pylori.

Solar, External Electrical Grid

Telephone, Internet, Computer (available at the John Tizya Centre near-by during working hours. Phone and internet can be connected at the facility for a charge.)

Local Transportation
All-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, boats without board motors, some open and closed canopy trucks. No aircraft are based in Old Crow. Closest aircraft are in Inuvik, Dawson and Eagle Plains, depending on the season and availability.

Equipment Storage
Secure storage space that is shared with other researchers is available.

Dormitory/Sleeping Facilities
Varying rentals are available in the community depending on length of stay and budget. Three bed and breakfast type facilities are in operation.

Dining/Kitchen Facilities
Accommodation options include shared, fully equipped kitchens. The community does not have a restaurant. There is a local store with a post office and bank (limited hours).

Laboratory Facilities
Walk-in freezer, lab space, stainless steel sinks (carry water only), fume hood, storage.

Fuel Availability
Gas slips are sold at the store ($1.50 _ $2.24 per litre). Gas is pumped at the gas station 2 hours a day during the week, subject to availability. Aircraft fuel can require a call out to pump and can also be limited.

Research Requirements
VGG Research Application www.vgfn.ca/downloads.php Yukon Scientists and Explorer’s application (Yukon Government); Archaeology Permit (Yukon Government); Vuntut National Park permit (Parks Canada); Ni’iinlii Njik Park permit (Yukon Government/Vuntut Gwitch’in Government)

Special Rules and Regulations

Local External Resources

Nearest Medical Service
Local Nursing Station with one Registered Nurse and a Nurse Practitioner. Doctor services once per month.

Safety Considerations


Other Information

Last Updated

OC 5


OC 4