Trail Valley Creek Research Station
Trail Valley Creek Research Station was founded in 1991, with the watershed draining 58 km2 area of tundra with patches of shrubs and forest. The site is underlain by continuous permafrost, with very high ground ice content. Expansion of shrubs across the watershed is resulting in substantial changes in snow cover, evapotranspiration, active layer thickness, and stream discharge. The research station is well equipped with Weatherhavens, internet, electricity, and a wide selection of scientific equipment around the watershed.
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East of the Mackenzie Delta, west of the Eskimo Lakes
Aboriginal Government/ Homeland
Inuvialuit Settlement Region
Seasonally-Operated Research Station, Seasonally-Operated Field Camp, Site for Observing/Monitoring
Continuous Permafrost, Forest, Freshwater, Interior, Lake, Ponds, Shrub Tundra, Streams, Taiga / Boreal Forest, Terrestrial, Thermokarst Pond, Transitional Zone, Treeland, Tundra
Main Research Disciplines
Climatology, Environmental Sciences, Geocryology, Geomorphology, Hydrology, Terrestrial biology/ecology
Water Survey Canada began monitoring Trail Valley Creek in the 1980’s, and National Hydrology Research Centre began research at this site in 1991. This has carried on to this day, with research focussed on snow, permafrost and hydrology. Wilfrid Laurier University currently operates this site as part of the GNWT-Laurier Partnership and as one station of the CFI funded Changing Arctic Network. Research focus is expanding from primarily hydrological to consider many aspects of the environment including water quality, terrestrial ecology, permafrost melt, and carbon fluxes for example.
Changing Arctic Network; ArcticNet; POLAR; NSERC
Generator, Solar, Wind, External Electrical Grid
Satellite phone, Internet, Computer, Printer/Scanner
Snowmobile. Helicopter. As of 2017, the Inuvik-Tuk Highway.
Seacan + tents
NWT Science Licence
Special Rules and Regulations
Local External Resources
Nearest Medical Service
First Aid, Firearms Safety, Bear training