NWT Almanac


In 1898 news of the Klondike goldrush propelled the Territory into a global spotlight as the greatest stampede in history headed north, including through NWT up the Mackenzie River. Since then, the Northwest Territories have attracted adventure seekers of all kinds, all enthusiastic travellers venture out on self-drive adventures, rafting and kayaking trips on remote rivers, as well as climbing and hiking expeditions.

Explore the Northwest Territories!

The Northwest Territories forms the central sector of our trio of Canadian Territories which combined make up our northern world of National Parks, wildlife, nature and stunning scenery stretching east to west – across the top of North America.

From the Midnight Sun in summer to the Northern Lights of winter the NWT is a magical destination to visit. Positioned between Yukon and Nunavut, the NWT is easily reached by air from virtually all southern gateways and from Alberta by highway, the famous Deh Cho Trail!Major highlights include spectacular Wood Buffalo and Nahanni National Parks.

NWT boasts some of the greatest river rafting, canoeing and kayaking rivers in Canada while the blend of comfortable lodges and good hotels ensure the region is not just the domain of the outdoor adventurer. Fishing enthusiasts will be in heaven, where round the clock daylight, expert guides and great sites continue to ensure the NWT is a leader in North America. Nature lovers will discover wilderness lodges in locations that will open your eyes – and allow you to access a variety of outdoor activities, cultural programs and legendary hospitality. It’s the people who help make the holiday – and in the Northwest Territories you will be sure to meet some great ones.

Yellowknife is the charismatic capital, a vibrant and booming city positioned on Great Slave Lake, 512 km south of the Arctic Circle. With a delightful mix of energy, culture and commerce it is the natural transportation and supply hub for much of northern Canada. Yellowknife is the key to the great interior and in similar fashion to Anchorage, dozens of small float planes whisk people and provisions in all directions at all times of day. Population of the city is around 20,000 in summer and if you were driving from Edmonton the distance is about 1,700 km.

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