There are over 89 hotels, motels and bed and breakfast type accommodations across 33 Northwest Territories communities. The style of accommodation varies, from a mid-sized hotel with over 100 rooms, a restaurant and bar, to a one room bed and breakfast in a home. Hotels in the larger centres offer a range of amenities, from wireless internet to satellite television reception, to conference and business services.
In Northwest Territories communities the best source of local information is a local guide. There are several qualified guides in the larger centres that offer step-on guide service, or custom local tours. To locate a qualified guide, choose a region, then a community, on the spectacularnwt website, and select from the list of operators.
Four regional airlines, Air Canada Jazz, Canadian North, First Air and WestJet offer several jet flights daily to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories from Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta. Canadian North and First Air also fly to Norman Wells and Inuvik on a daily basis and connect to several points in Nunavut. Five local airlines provide scheduled service to smaller communities from Yellowknife, Hay River, Inuvik, Norman Wells and Fort Smith.
The Northwest Territories is truly a polyglot region, with 11 official languages (nine Aboriginal languages, plus English and French). In addition, residents in the larger centres hail from more than 70 countries around the world. English is the common language for most northerners, however French is also spoken in the larger centres. Visitor services are available in Japanese, Mandarin and Cantonese and some of our tour operators also speak Spanish, German or Swedish. Please contact us for details.
Our 43,760 residents live in 33 communities ranging in size from tiny Kakisa with 55 residents, to the capital, Yellowknife, with 19,900 residents. Regional centres include Hay River on the south shore of Great Slave Lake with 3,726 residents; Inuvik, north of the Arctic Circle in the Mackenzie Delta with 3,552 residents; and Fort Smith at the entrance of Wood Buffalo National Park, has 2,483 residents.