Visit Northwest Territories, Canada
Famed for its astonishing natural beauty and giant wildlife, the Northwest Territories are covered with boreal forest and vast, icy tundra.
While the region is as sparsely populated as it is enormous – the size of New South Wales and Victoria combined, with only just enough people to fill a country town - you’ll have no trouble uncovering amazing things to see and do during your trip to Canada’s mystical north.
THINGS TO DO IN NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
See the Northern Lights – this exquisite galactic vision is best viewed from a humble teepee or cosy cabin below the stars.
Husky mushing during winter – need we say more? Who wouldn't want to speed across the snow on a sled pulled by a pack of handsome furry beasts?
Visiting Wood Buffalo National Park – canoe along the Peace River to spot herds of bison and, if you’re lucky, wolves. Add to the adventure with a night in one of the cute cabins within the Sweetgrass area.
Learn about the remarkable diamond industry at the Yellowknife Visitors Centre.
Take a scenic flight over the unique salt plains in the Wood Buffalo National Park.
The Yellowknife Festival in March brings the folk of Yellowknife Bay out of hibernation to create a huge snow castle, formed from the frozen waters of Great Slave Lake. During the festival season, the area is humming with fun activities for people of all ages, from arts and music, to children’s games and face painting, to bizarre snow sports.
WHEN TO TRAVEL TO NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
Head to Northwest Territories during June to see the sun shining at midnight. July - August is for fishing and canoeing in the regions rivers and lakes. March for the Yellowknife Festival and husky mushing. September through March to catch the best of the aurora borealis.
GETTING TO NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
You can travel to the Northwest Territories via flights, boat or car – however the best way to reach the remote areas is by air.