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Closer than you think

Once people make the journey to the Northwest Territories, they are often surprised by how quick and efficient it is. With three major airlines offering service to and from Edmonton and the two major carriers from Calgary, your clients are offered many options to fly into Yellowknife. And with the majority of airlines offering connecting flights through Edmonton or Calgary, Yellowknife can be reached in less than a day's travel from many regional centers in Canada and the United States.

For those looking to make the journey via road, there are a lot of great options to choose from. The major centres such as Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver all offer vehicle and RC rentals. Our scenic highways offer campgrounds, picnic spots, roadside attractions, and vehicle services to make the trip to the NWT as memorable as your stay in it.

2023 NWTT Flight Route Map

Getting Around the NWT

With the vast expanse and the varied landscapes of the Northwest Territories, there are plenty of spectacular adventures to choose from. And the process of getting to your destination is all part of the experience. Whether you are driving the legendary Dempster Highway or hopping on a floatplane to a wilderness lodge, you are in for an amazing adventure.

All-weather Roads

All major communities in the territory and many of the smaller outposts are linked by year-round highways. Most routes are paved, and you can drive on them with a standard car.

Ice Roads

Winter connects all our remote settlements to the outside for a few months by ice road. Built on top of packed snow and metre-thick lake ice, driving on the frozen road network is a bucket list item for many. Ice roads weave through the Mackenzie Valley, the North Slave region, and to the Dehcho towns of Nahanni Butte and Sambaa K'e.

Scheduled Air Service

Scheduled flights go into almost every community in the Northwest Territories. Inuvik is the main hub for flights to smaller communities in the Western Arctic. Norman Wells services the Sahtu region, and flights out of Yellowknife serve the southern half of the territory.

Chartered Air Service

Planes are well-equipped to land on our diverse terrain. Floatplanes are the most common, but they're occasionally fitted with big tires for landing on sand and skis in the winter. Charter a flight for travel to national parks, wild rivers, remote fishing lodges and other isolated places.