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Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories Description

Northwest Today

Today visitors can enjoy special places and trips unique to each of these Regions of the Northwest Territories:

The Western Arctic Region is home to the Mackenzie Delta, where visitors can take boat tours, spot wildlife and go fishing. This remote Canadian land is surprisingly a popular place for art fairs and home to rugged and challenging golf courses.

Fish above the Arctic Circle, cruise the Mackenzie River, and enjoy outdoor challenges like the Canol Heritage Trail through the mountains in the Sahtu-Mackenzie Heartland. The Heartland is also known for its flight-seeing tours over the mountains, as well as its powerful rivers, like the Natla-Keele and Mountain.

The Dehcho, known as the Travel Connection, is where all the major routes in the area meet, like the Mackenzie, Liard and Alaska Highways. Travel along the Waterfalls Route, where major waterways such as the Hay, Kakisa and Trout Rivers meet and form spectacular waterfalls.

Nahanni Country is all about outdoor activities. Visit the Nahanni National Park Reserve, part of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, or hike the Nahanni Mountain Range. Take a helicopter over the mountains, travel the Ram Plateau or relax in a hot spring. When you're done, go golfing at Fort Simpson.

Those who enjoy water activities will want to visit the Northern Frontier. The area offers countless Canadian lakes and rivers to fish, boat, canoe and kayak.

great slave lakeThe second largest lake in Canada, the Great Slave Lake, resides in the Northwest Territories. Here, tourists can experience the sandy beaches of one of the biggest freshwater bodies on Earth. Bison, bear and deer roam the surrounding wilderness. Check out Bad Sam's Tavern and Old Town in the city of Yellowknife on the northwest shores of Great Slave.

Our final region, Wood Buffalo, is home to the bison, the largest land mammal in North America. Wood Buffalo National Park is one of the largest parks on Earth, and it needs to be with the size of these American buffalo herds. Check out the salt flats, a natural phenomenon unique to the area and home to whooping cranes. Wood Buffalo is a nesting ground and recovery site for this endangered bird species.


This page was last updated on July 12, 2016.