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If it’s true adventure you’re after, the Northwest Territories, part of Canada’s “Great White North,” will not disappoint. Whether it’s being astonished by the height of the spectacular Virginia Falls (twice the height of Niagara Falls), or being transported by huskies manning a careening dogsled to a hunting lodge in the world’s largest intact forest, or hanging out in Yellowknife while the sun doesn’t set, for an energizing music festival, or competitive golf tournament, the NWT is unique in its offerings of Canadian experiences.

Hotels in the Northwest Territories


While hotels in the Northwest Territories are neither plentiful nor cheap, you’ll find excellent moderately priced hotels like The Yellowknife Inn in Yellowknife, or the Inuvik Capital Suites in Inuvik. Luxury hotels in the Northwest Territories are typically hunting-style lodges and tucked away cabins that you must charter a float plane to: a more accessible option is the Blachford Lake Lodge and the Wilderness Resort. Travel in the Northwest Territories can cost a pretty penny because of its sheer distance away from major urban centers and due to the fact that travel in the winter is limited.

Things to see in the Northwest Territories


If you’re a lover of cool summers or cold winter temperatures, outdoor NWT trips make the perfect getaway. View belugas or bowhead whales onboard an Arctic icebreaker, or go rafting at high speeds under the mid-night sun down the South Nahanni River (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Diamond shopping has become a booming business in Yellowknife, where pristine Canadian diamonds can be bought and the official insignia of the polar bear engraved on them. Another unique, albeit risky adventure, entails travelling the ice road over the Mackenzie River and the Arctic Ocean. One of the largest parks in Canada, Wood Buffalo National Park, allows you to see herds of majestic bison, once facing extinction, they are now repopulating the north. Whether renting bush planes to remote lodges to hunt, ice-fish, snowmobile, the NWT has unusual and exciting expeditions waiting for you.

Where to stay in the Northwest Territories


Resting on the shores of Great Slave Lake, the largest city in the NWT, Yellowknife offers an eclectic mix of skyscrapers, log cabins, and teepee-styled houses. It’s here that you’ll be treated to events in intricately carved ice-palaces or feast on international cuisine in addition to eating bison, muskox, or whale blubber. For a more intimate experience, stay in Fort Simpson “Gateway to the Nahanni”, the only village in the NWT, with a population of 1,200; you can experience Dene culture and be taken on a canoe adventure with a local guide along the longest river in Canada, the Mackenzie River. Inuvik has become a conference hub, as the gateway to the Beaufort Sea and the western Arctic, this bustling mid-sized town boasts the Great Northern Arts Festival, Inuvik Petroleum Show, and Muskrat Jamboree.

How to get to the Northwest Territories


Regular flights from Southern Canada arrive into the Yellowknife Airport through the main gateway in Edmonton, from Edmonton International Airport. While Frontier Coachlines is your bus service within the NWT, there are no known buses that travel from Southern Canada to Yellowknife. There are highways that link the Northwest Territories to Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon, so driving or motorcycling north is your best bet on the Mackenzie Highway if you prefer the scenic route.

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