Some popular destinations in the NWT include...
Yellowknife, capital of the Northwest Territories and Diamond Capital of North
America is the only city in the NWT, and home to more than 40 per cent of the
population. Yellowknife is one of the best places
in the world for watching the Aurora Borealis, September - April.
One of Yellowknifes most popular festivals is Caribou Carnival, held on
frozen Frame Lake every March. Big name entertainment, skidoo and dog races
and feats of strength and skill.
The Canadian Championship Dog Derby is a three day, 150-mile race run on Great
Slave Lake ice, held at the end of March, and part of the World Cup of dog sled
racing. Run since 1955, the Dog Derby now features mushers from around the world,
custom bred dogs and high-tech sleds.
Nahanni National Park
Nahanni National Park encompasses 300 square kilometres of the South Mountains
in the south-western corner of the Northwest Territories. This incredible unspoiled
wilderness has forest, wild rivers, alpine tundra, mountain peaks and canyons.
Few visitors have visited this region, considered by connoisseurs to be one
of the world's pristine wilderness areas.
Drive north of the Arctic Circle to Inuvik, on the Mackenzie Delta, the busy
heart of the sprawling Western Arctic region. In summer, Inuvik buzzes with
charter planes taking visitors on excursions to the Mackenzie Delta. Inuvik
boasts a full range of amenities: hospital, post office, bank, library, rink,
swimming pool, hotels, restaurants, police, and stores.
Hay River offers lots of recreational opportunities such as a snowmobile
rides, dog sled runs, fishing, boating, cross-country skiing and hiking through
this vast winter wonderland.
Fort Smith is home to the world's largest protected free roaming bison herd
in Wood Buffalo National Park. It is not uncommon to see a bison or black bear
on the highway into Fort Smith. Little Buffalo Falls Territorial Park is a great
place to spend the afternoon with its waterfalls, picnic areas and hiking trails.
October through March are the peak months for viewing the vibrant night skies
of the Aurora Borealis.
Fort Simpson is located on an island where the Mackenzie and Liard Rivers meet.
It is 375 km southwest of Yellowknife. Fort Simpson is the regional centre of
the Dehcho and is the gateway to the scenic Nahanni River.