Covering an area of about 1,144,000 sq. km, the Northwest Territories is located in the northwestern part of Canada.
As observed on the map, the Mackenzie Mountains cover the western and southwestern parts of the territory. They are an extension of the Rocky Mountains and comprise some of the highest mountains within the Northwest Territories. Mount Nirvana which rises to an elevation of 2,773m is the highest point in the Northwest Territories.
The Canadian Shield occupies the eastern half of the Northwest Territories. This flat landscape is covered by numerous rivers and lakes. The western part of the Canadian Shield is straddled by the two largest lakes – Great Bear Lake and the Great Slave Lake. With an area of 31,153 sq. km, the Great Bear Lake is Canada’s largest lake. It is also the world’s 7th largest lake and the 3rd largest lake in North America. The Great Slave Lake is the 2nd largest lake in the Northwest Territories. With a depth of 614m, it is the deepest lake in North America. The Mackenzie River is the longest river in Canada which flows in the Northwest Territories.
A portion of the land of the Northwest Territories is positioned above the Arctic Circle and includes Banks Island, about half of Victoria Islands, and few other islands that are located to the north of the Melville Sound. Most of the provincial land situated in the northern part of the Great Bear Lake is covered by tundra vegetation.
Located along the South Nahanni River in the Mackenzie Mountains is the Nahanni National Park, which contains several deep canyons, huge waterfalls, and a unique limestone cave ecosystem. The Beaufort Sea is the lowest point in the Northwest Territories.
The Northwest Territories is a Canadian federal territory that is divided into 5 administrative regions. In alphabetical order, these regions are Dehcho Region, Inuvik Region, North Slave Region, Sahtu Region, and South Slave Region.
With an area of 1,144,000 sq. km, it is the 2nd largest and the most populous among the three northern territories of Canada. Situated on the northern coast of the Great Slave Lake is Yellowknife – the capital, the largest city, and the most populous community in the Northwest Territories. It serves as a major administrative, educational and commercial center of the Northwest Territories.
The Northwest Territories is a federal territory located in the northwestern part of Canada, in the Continent of North America. It is geographically positioned in the Northern and Western hemispheres of the Earth. The Northwest Territories is bordered by the Canadian territories of Yukon in the west and Nunavut in the east; and by the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan in the south. In the north, it is bounded by the Beaufort Sea and the Arctic Ocean.
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This page was last updated on May 11, 2021