Spectacular sights. Endless experiences. True Canadian adventure.
Our territory is a bucket list place. A place to try the experiences you've always wanted to but never could. See the most vibrant Northern Lights, paddle down the clearest rivers and pristine lakes, and catch the biggest fish you'll ever see.
Hike through national parks bigger than Switzerland. See how deep and rich Canadian history is.
Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, are best seen in the Northwest Territories. Yellowknife is known as the northern lights capital of the world, with the season starting in mid-August and lasting until mid-April.
Because of our position in the auroral oval and our desert-like climate, the auroras can be seen 200 days of the year without a cloud in the sky.
Most aurora viewing packages are available in Yellowknife and visitors can choose how they want to experience them - on foot, dog sled, snowmobile or in bed.
This is the land of the rising (and staying there) sun. June 21, the summer solstice brings 20 full hours of daylight in the southern half of the province.
The northern half enjoys 24 hour days for months. Summers are short but the days are long and people here go non-stop while it lasts. You'll find countless festivals, community markets, concerts, art shows, and beautiful skylines to enjoy all day. Just remember to sleep.
National Parks (Nahanni)
Over 80% of the vast Nahanni National Park is yet to be explored by humans. The park is Canada's first UNESCO heritage site and it's believed that it nurtures many undiscovered species within its preserve.
We have five national parks and a sixth on the way. Most hardly have trails to walk on. They're untouched by humans. And they're open for you to explore.
Ever wondered where diamonds come from? Diamonds were discovered in 1991 near Yellowknife. Today, three mines operate full-time producing $1 million in diamonds every day. The territory's contributions place Canada as the 3rd largest diamond producer in the world by value. Go on an interactive journey and learn the history of diamond mining in the North at NWT Diamond Centre.
Much of the Northwest Territories sits atop the boreal shield, a billion year old sheet of volcanic rock holding immense treasures. Diamonds are ethically sourced with high worker and environmental safety standards. The largest gem-quality diamond (187.63) ever found in North America named Foxfire, was mined in Gacho Kue near Yellowknife.
Heritage and Culture
Discover a rich history spanning thousands of years from the arrival of indigenous peoples to the discovery of gold and diamonds that make this untouched wilderness remarkable. Many groups of aboriginal peoples call this land home, each with unique cultures, traditions, languages, and art that adds to the tapestry of the Northwest Territories.
From festivals to museums to concerts, historic sites and First Nations communities, you'll get an authentic taste of the territories. You'll feel like one of us.
Wilderness and Wildlife
The Northwest Territories is the premier wilderness playground. From raging rivers to quiet streams, towering peaks and vast plains there are landscapes to suit every taste.
It's one of the last wilderness preserves on the planet. Wildlife roam freely on enormous expanses of habitat, most of them have never seen a human before. Massive bird migrations in the spring and huge herds of bison, caribou and reindeer in the winter make up most of the traffic here.
It's every fisher's fantasy. Fish swim freely here, rarely in contact with fisherman and are known to grow up to 72 lbs (32.6 kg). Great Bear Lake, the biggest in North America is visited by only a couple hundred fishermen a year.
Your adventurous clients will be thrilled to knock off a bunch of items on their bucket list.
Canoeing / Water Sports
The Northwest Territories is a paddling paradise. From thundering river rapids to peaceful streams and still lakes, your clients can go on endless aquatic adventures. Thousands of lakes await.
The Northwest Territories has 4.7% of all the freshwater in the world. Home to the mighty MacKenzie River, the biggest river system in North America as well as Great Bear Lake, the largest lake in North America.
Whether your clients wish to kayak, canoe or paddleboard, there's something to float their boat.
With a total area 1.14 million km^2 and just under 45,000 people living here, the Northwest Territories is a wilderness sanctuary. That means there's plenty of room to set up camp. Imagine sending clients on a journey into the heart of the wild, surrounded by hundreds of kilometres untouched nature and not a single streetlight dimming the stars.
No outlets or wifi in these campgrounds - they're best for unplugging from the hectic pace of modern life. People have lived here for eons and have always treated the land with the highest respect and it shows. Your clients will be transformed after a seasoned tour guide takes them on a trip through a national park.
Biggest Little City
Yellowknife is a wild place. Hovering at around 20,000 residents, the city is home to many different nationalities and all are welcome.
Snow or shine, Yellowknifers make the most of the season. Fishing, canoeing and hiking are staples of summer and in winter, dogsledding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing get them moving.
A vibrant cuisine scene with a local brewery and all kinds of nightlife and entertainment keeps the city buzzing all year.
There's plenty to see while driving in and around the Northwest Territories. The Dempster Highway weaves through tundra, rolling hills and hefty mountains all the way to sub-arctic Inuvik. In autumn, the landscape is a medley of colour - greens, yellows, oranges and reds.
Starting Nov 15, 2017; the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway will be open year-round making roadtrips to the Arctic Ocean a reality. When the ice gets thick enough in winter, the ice road network comes to life. Driving on pure ice over frozen lakes with a blanket of snow covering the land is an unforgettable experience.