Starkly beautiful, powerful and immense, the northern world is still wild and pristine. Nature rules here, in a diversity of landscapes ranging from towering mountains to rolling tundra, and from seacoast to boggy lowlands and boreal forest. The Northwest Territories is divided into five distinct travel destinations, each with its own Aboriginal heritage and role in Canadian history.
Hugging the rugged north shore of Great Slave Lake, North Slave region is the home of the Dogrib First Nations, Canadian Arctic Diamonds, and YELLOWKNIFE, the capital of the Northwest Territories. Yellowknife architecture ranges from the modern Legislative Assembly Building perched on the edge of a lake at the edge of the city, to the Wildcat Café, a restored restaurant from the gold rush era, to an eclectic collection of houses that perch on rock cliffs, or float in a houseboat community on the shores of Great Slave Lake. The Dene call the broad Mackenzie River Deh Cho, "big river". Starting at Great Slave Lake, Deh Cho travels through 1800 km of unspoiled wilderness to the Beaufort Sea. FORT SIMPSON is the Deh Cho's gateway to the Nahanni-Ram country, a pristine panorama of white water, alpine tundra and jagged peaks. In town, spend an afternoon at the Seven Spruce Golf Course. Hotels, inns and B&Bs offer accommodations, and excellent crafts are available locally. North of the Arctic Circle, on the Mackenzie Delta is INUVIK, the busy heart of the sprawling Western Arctic region. Inuvik, or "Place of man", is the largest Canadian community north of the Arctic Circle. In summer, Inuvik buzzes with charter planes taking visitors on excursions to the Mackenzie Delta. Our Lady of Victory, the Igloo Church is an Inuvik landmark. The wildest of the regions, the rugged Sahtu is dominated to the west by mountain ranges and to the east by Great Bear Lake. Experienced hikers can challenge the unforgiving Canol Trail. Just beyond the 60th Parallel the South Slave region, a forested land carved by turbulent rivers is bounded by the south shore of Great Slave Lake. Fort Smith on the banks of the Slave River is the gateway to Wood Buffalo National Park.
Breathtaking landscapes, rich wildlife habitat and pristine waters, each is unforgettable!