Northwest Territories: Canada’s Final Frontier

Venture to a place left virtually untouched by man. Canada’s Northwest Territories (NWT) is not for the faint of heart, but for those of us with a bad case of wanderlust, it’s hard to imagine a more exciting place to explore.

The NWT’s Artic tundra and boreal forest stretch on for what looks like forever. A small-town population in an area that’s five times the size of the UK, the Northwest Territories are begging to be explored.

Northwest Territories

More people venture into space than visit Aulavik, one of the area’s four national parks. If you’re brave and adventurous, the NWT truly is the final frontier. Head out to see the deepest lake in North America or one of the greatest waterfalls in the world while the NWT is still a well-kept secret.

Explore Nahanni National Park Reserve, spanning 30,000-sq-km along the South Nahanni River. Meet the locals of Yellowknife, which houses 50% of the NWT population.

This capital city is home to several sights, including the Legislative Assembly, NWT Diamond Centre and the Northern Life Museum.

Venture out into Tuktoyaktuk to visit the Icehouse, the community freezer. Don’t let the outhouse-style entrance fool you – this underground freezer tunnels down 10m into the permafrost where the temperature stays at -15C. Local villagers store their catch here.

If you’re yearning for wilderness and respite from everyday living, NWT fits the bill. You won’t find a single road between Yellowknife and the Arctic Ocean.

No stay in the NWT is complete without a trip to the Wood Buffalo National Park, one of the largest national parks in the world at 44,000 sq km. Established in 1922, this park protects a Northern subspecies of bison. The Wood Buffalo Park is teeming with wildlife.

When the sun goes down, stick around while the Aurora Borealis dances with the night sky in one of the most spectacular light shows you’ll ever see.

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