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Great Slave Lake Fishing Packages

June 1 - August 30, 2018 by North Star Adventures

Fish for trophy Lake Trout and monster Northern Pike on Great Slave Lake, one of the largest & deepest in the world. We provide all necessary gear. Read more

Floating Camp

Available Starting June 1, 2017 by Yellow Dog Lodge, Inc.

Floating tent barge or Spike Camp available for $480 per day plus fuel - 5 day minimum rental sleeps up to 4 people.   Read more

Day Trip Boat Rental

Available Starting June 1, 2016 by Yellow Dog Lodge, Inc.

One (1) boat and motor complete with fishing rods and reels. Tackle and bait extra. Read more

Northern Lights Special

Available Starting December 23, 2017 by Blachford Lake Lodge & Wilderness Resort

Inside the main lodge, or in a cabin, a cozy wood fire offers warm comfort. We keep you as busy as you'd like during the daytime, experiencing true Canadian seasons. Winter: ski, snowshoe, build an igloo, enjoy handicrafts, & more. Relax with your favourite beverage in the early evening before sitting down to a wonderful dinner. Marvel up at the aurora from one of our decks, from our hot tub, or snuggled under a duvet in your room. We even offer a middle of the night wake up service to catch the Northern lights at their best. Read more

Winter Aurora VIP Package

December 1, 2017 - April 1, 2018 by Enodah Wilderness Travel/ Trout Rock Lodge

From early December to mid April Trout Rock Lodge is a warm, inviting home away from home in a vast expanse of snow and frozen water. You travel to the Lodge by Hagglunds or by snowmobiles. During the day, drive your own snowmobile on the frozen lake, ice fish for fierce Northern Pike or Ling cod. Try snowshoeing along the windswept shoreline, or go for a tour in the Hagglunds. At night enjoy the Aurora, right from the Lodge deck, or venture out on the lake to take in a 360 degree view overhead. Read more

Aurora Station Package

November 15, 2017 - APRIL 15, 2018 by Enodah Wilderness Travel/ Trout Rock Lodge

Come enjoy the warm comforts of Aurora Station and witness the beautiful Aurora Borealis. The newly built Aurora Station features a large sky deck with benches so you can sit back, relax and take in the dancing Aurora over head. The station is heated inside, and washrooms are available. Read more

2018 Fall Aurora Package

August 10, 2018 - October 15, 2018 by Enodah Wilderness Travel/ Trout Rock Lodge

Our late summer and fall tours (mid-August to early October) include a short trip by float plane to the lodge. Enjoy boating, berry picking, fishing and hiking, and some of the best aurora viewing in the northern hemisphere.Stay three nights and you are almost guaranteed a glimpse of the Northern Lights, nature’s greatest light show. Read more

Aurora by Snowmobile

Available Starting December 12, 2017 by Yellowknife Outdoor Adventures

Head to Yellowknife, the Aurora Capital of the World and the best place on earth to view the stunning Aurora Borealis. With Yellowknife Outdoor Adventures you can enjoy two evening Aurora viewing tours by snowmobile to our cozy wilderness cabin on Great Slave Lake, the perfect place to take in the Spectacular light show Read more

Aurora Adventure Package

Available Starting December 17, 2017 by Yellowknife Outdoor Adventures

Head to Yellowknife, one of the best places in the world to view the Northern Lights and enjoy two nights Aurora Viewing with Yellowknife Outdoor Adventures. Travel in a heated, snow-tracked van to our cozy wilderness cabin on Great Slave Lake and take in the spectacular light show. Read more

The Broken Skull River

Available Starting July 3, 2018 by Black Feather - The Wilderness Adventure Company

The Broken Skull River ... 150 km of pure whitewater fun! Read more

The Nahanni Classic

Available Starting June 29, 2018 by Black Feather - The Wilderness Adventure Company

The two week Nahanni Classic trip is the most popular canoe expedition on the Nahanni River. The route follows the river from the old park boundary at Rabbitkettle Lake to Virginia Falls, through the spectacular canyons section to the Mackenzie Lowlands and the confluence of the Liard River. Read more

Mountain River, NWT

Available Starting July 2, 2018 by Black Feather - The Wilderness Adventure Company

The Mountain River is our "Guides' Choice" as the best wilderness canoeing river in Canada.   Read more

Winter Clothing Package

Available Starting November 9, 2017 by My Backyard Tours

Get outfitted with warm clothing so you can enjoy your timeoutdoors - view the aurora and participate in winter activities in comfort. Read more

5-day Fishing Package

Available Starting June 1, 2018 by Yellow Dog Lodge, Inc.

Relax in the Northern wilderness and fish for Pike, Trout and Grayling galore at idyllic Yellow Dog Lodge.  Read more

Keele River Canoe Trip

July - August, 2018 by Canoe North Adventures

The Keele’s turquoise waters flow through the towering Mackenzie Mountains, offering spectacular mountain vistas, superb fly-fishing and wildlife viewing. Read more

Mackenzie River Nahanni Experience

15 June - 25 August, 2018 by North Star Adventures

Experience vibrant Aboriginal culture, travel in the wake of explorers, and journey to the heart of Nahanni National Park on this 5-day, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Read more

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HAY DAYS FESTIVAL

Early July

A celebration of music, art and culture. 

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KOLE CROOK FIDDLING CAMP

First week of July

In honour of a young fiddler who died in a plane crash in Norman Wells. Evening performances Wednesday to Friday. Admission by donation.

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SUNRISE FESTIVAL

January 6-8

Every December the sun sets for the last time below the horizon, and after nearly 30 days of darkness the return of the sun is celebrated at the annual Inuvik Sunrise Festival.

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CABIN FEVER MUSIC FESTIVAL

February

This event brings Yellowknife musicians together for a great mid-winter music festival.

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ARCTIC IMAGE FESTIVAL

Late February

Celebrate images from the Arctic (north of the Arctic Circle and Nunavut). Images captured in photos and short videos will be featured during the festival. Competition is open to everyone and has professional, amateur and youth... Read more

DIAVIK 150 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP DOG DERBY

End of March

The Annual Diavik 150 Canadian Championship Dog Derby is held over three days on the ice of Great Slave Lake, with a 50-mile lap run each day.

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FROZEN DOG FILM FESTIVAL

March

Part of the Snowking Winter Festival. Visit the castle for the annual Frozen Dog Film Festival, screened by Western Arctic Moving Pictures.

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K’AMBA WINTER CARNIVAL

Early March

A weekend of activities in Hay River with something for everyone ­– kids' and adults' talent shows, dogsled races, outdoor activities, raffles, hand games and lots of prizes.

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END OF THE ROAD MUSIC FESTIVAL

Mid-March

Two fantastic days of music, dancing and festivities.

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BEAVERTAIL JAMBOREE

March

A community winter festival in Fort Simpson featuring snowmobile races, traditional games, youth activities, talent shows, dances, sports and entertainment.

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WOOD BUFFALO FROLICS/MUFFALOOSE DAYS

March

Weekend events including a community feast, dances, games, a hockey tournament and dogsled races. Most popular is the cabane à sucre – the sugar shack where maple syrup is poured over snow for a scrumptious winter treat.

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HAY RIVER ICE FISHING DERBY

Mid-March

An ice-fishing derby with lots of amazing prizes.

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SPRING CARNIVAL AND NWT DOGSLED CHAMPIONSHIPS

March

A weekend to celebrate spring! Includes an adult talent show, the Northwest Territories Dogsled Championships and an annual cribbage tournament.

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ICEOLATION ART SHOW

March

Annual artist show on the theme of ice. Opening at the Snow Castle. Exhibition at Down to Earth Gallery the following week.

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FROSTBITE 50

March 18

Ski, snowshoe or running event starts and finishes at the Yellowknife Ski Club. If follows a 45-kilometre loop onto Back Bay, Walsh Lake, Prosperous Lake and return via Hay Lake. Registration opens in February, online. 

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TOP OF THE WORLD SKI LOPPET

March

This annual event organized by the Inuvik Ski Club invites athletes to compete in six different races ranging from 150 metres to 150 kilometres.

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MOCCASIN SPRING CARNIVAL

Late March

A cultural event with traditional games, tea boiling, bannock making, log splitting, foot races and a talent show.

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SNOWKING WINTER FESTIVAL

March 1-31

Celebrating its 22nd year, come visit the snow castle on Yellowknife’s Back Bay and stay for art exhibits, live music, a film festival, family events, a hockey tournament and great hot chocolate throughout the month. Open noon-5 p.m.... Read more

FITZ-SMITH THEBACHA LOPPET

First Saturday in March

The Thebacha Loppet is a spring classic ski tour for skiers of all ages and abilities. It’s a great family event with everyone from Jackrabbits to national-team members participating. The full loppet is approximately 30 kilometres with... Read more

POLAR POND HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

March

Ten rinks, a live band, fireworks, beer gardens and other festivities throughout the night. 

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LONG JOHN JAMBOREE

March 24 - 26

This long-weekend event is held on Great Slave Lake in Yellowknife and features the De Beers Canada Inspired Ice Carving Championships as well as a variety of entertaining, family-friendly events. From helicopter city tours to dog... Read more

SPRING FLING

Early April

Enjoy the first days of spring in Norman Wells with a parade, dance, snowmobile races and a “rat-race” featuring wooden muskrats floating down the creek.

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PAULATUK FISHING DERBY

April

Come for the lake trout. Stay for the bragging rights. Contests include biggest, longest and smallest fish. Then enjoy the community feast.

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MUSKRAT JAMBOREE

April 7-10

2017 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Muskrat Jamboree! This Friday-to-Monday festival features several skills contests, including snowshoe races, dogsledding, tea boiling and log sawing. Also, the annual Muskrat Cup Pond Hockey... Read more

BELUGA JAMBOREE

Mid-April

Celebrate springtime on the Arctic coast. Exciting events and contests include snowmobile races, log sawing, harpoon throwing, drum dancing, igloo building and square dancing.

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Mad Trapper Jamboree

Easter Weekend

A fun weekend of old ime dancing, dogsled races, snowmobile races and cultural events.

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Arctic Image Festival

June

Here you will see the beauty of the Arctic come alive through photographs of this amazing part of the world. The festival will be held in Inuvik at The Midnight Sun Complex. Feel free to enter one of our contests, take part in a... Read more

BEER BARGE

June

A re-enactment of the annual arrival of the first barge into Yellowknife, bringing a welcome supply of beer to the thirsty miners. Live entertainment will include music and storytelling. Several dignitaries will speak about Yellowknife... Read more

Annual International Shore Lunch Competition

June 3

Enter a team into the competition, or just come out to enjoy some of the finest fish in the north and participate in the day's activities.

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SUMMER SOLSTICE FUN RUN

Mid-June

Sign up for a 5K, 10K or half-marathon run beneath the stunning midnight sun.

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CANADIAN NORTH MIDNIGHT SUN GOLF CLASSIC

June 16

A long-standing highlight of the Yellowknife summer season. Tee off under the sun at midnight. Banquets and pro workshops. Lots of prizes.

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SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL

June 21

Where music, culture and community spirit meet. Lots of live performances at venues all around Yellowknife.

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DEHCHO OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT

June 21

Celebrate Aboriginal Day in Fort Simpson with some friendly competition at the Seven Spruces golf course. The event starts with canoe races. Call the golf course for more details.

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NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY

June 21

Territorial holiday with events in all communities. Contact town offices for details.

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Canada 150: Celebrating Diversity and a Place of Gathering

June 30-July 9, 2017

Held in Fort Simpson at Edhaa National Historic Site of Canada (also known as the Papal Grounds where Pope John Paul II held mass in 1987). This beautiful site ioverlooks the grand confluence where the Mackenzie River meets the Liard... Read more

BILLY JOSS OPEN CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

July

Each summer the Billy Joss Open Celebrity Golf Tournament is held to raise funds for literacy programs in the North. The three-day tournament includes both day and night golfing under the 24-hour sun.

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MIDNIGHT SUN FLOAT PLANE FLY IN

July 6-9

Many types of aircraft dock in Old town for this event. Come down and view these aviation wonders. Many events and activities to take part in, including lakeside dining, a fly past, entertainers and more.

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FLYFISHING DERBY

July 7-9

Hosted at Trout Rock Lodge, the 24th annual Fly Fishing Derby where you can try your hand at flyfishing at one of the most beautiful locations around. Contests, flyfishing lessons, shore lunches and more.

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FOLK ON THE ROCKS

July 14 - 16

The North's biggest music festival takes the stage at Long Lake for a weekend of fine local, national and global music, plus specialty food, arts and crafts. The 37th annual Folk on the Rocks will have City and Colour and Shad as... Read more

GREAT NORTHERN ARTS FESTIVAL

July 14-23

This annual festival features up to 80 visual artists and 40 performers from across the North who gather each summer in Inuvik to celebrate the diversity that is Canada’s Arctic. There are Inuit, Inuvialuit, Gwich’in, Dene, Metis and... Read more

PARKS DAY

3rd Saturday in July

An opportunity to participate in one of hundreds of unique and fun events taking place at National Parks and sites from coast to coast to coast. Events take place in several NWT communities. Contact local town offices for details.

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MIDWAY LAKE FESTIVAL

August

Music festival attracting old-time fiddlers as well as local bands. Bring a tent. Food and crafts available. Held at Midway Lake, 30 kilometres from Fort McPherson on the Dempster Highway. Bus service from Fort McPherson is available.... Read more

SOUTH SLAVE FRIENDSHIP FESTIVAL

August

Three days of music from the NWT and around the world – traditional, rock, country and more.

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SLAVE RIVER PADDLEFEST

August Long Weekend

Paddlefest includes instructional clinics, river trips, and fun, friendly competitions. There are events for kayaks, canoes, voyageur canoes, kids and adults. Paddlefest includes lots of activities for spectators – come watch the... Read more

OLD TOWN RAMBLE & RIDE

August long weekend

An eco-friendly festival that brings together Old Town merchants, artists and musicians. Event highlights Old Town’s uniqueness to tourists and Yellowknifers alike. Activities for the whole family.

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ANNUAL COMMISSIONER’S CUP RACE

August long weekend

One of the longest fresh-water sailing races in North America. The race starts on Friday at 9 a.m. and resumes from Hay River on Sunday at 9 a.m. Boats return sometime Monday.

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SPIRITUAL GATHERING

August long weekend

Annual event held on the anniversary of the prophet Ehtseo Ayha’s birthday. Congregate in Deline to participate in discussions and workshops for spiritual, religious, and healing purposes. The event is also designed for participants to... Read more

GATEWAY JAMBOREE

First Saturday of August

Music, food, crafts, entertainment and family fun just a few kilometres north of scenic Twin Falls Gorge. 

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CULTURE WEEK ON MISSION ISLAND

Mid-August

Local instructors teach dry-meat and bannock making, canoeing, rabbit snaring, drumming, moosehide tanning and setting fish nets. Camping encouraged. Road access.

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THEBACHA & WOOD BUFFALO DARK SKY FESTIVAL

August 17-20

The 6th Annual Dark Sky Festival is a celebration of the return of dark skies to our northern latitude (60°N). Festival activities take place in Fort Smith, NWT and the in world's largest Dark Sky Preserve, Wood Buffalo National Park.... Read more

TRADITIONAL HANDGAMES TOURNAMENT

September long weekend

Annual Traditional Men’s Handgame Tournament. Over 200 people gather in Tulita to watch the exciting traditional games with over 30 teams participating.

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FALL FAIR

Early September

 Games for all ages, plus a BBQ, face painting and a gardening competition. Held at the Inuvik Community Greenhouse

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FIDDLING AND JIGGING TALENT SHOW

September

The biggest fiddling and jigging championship North of 60. The event raises funds for music programs, preserves Northern culture and promotes Northern artists.

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GLOW BALL GOLF TOURNAMENT

September

One of the largest Glow Ball tournaments in North America. Includes golfing, dinner and prizes. 

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FESTIVAL OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN

September

Come out and enjoy tons of local Yellowknife talent at Northern United Place. Features live music, an arts market and a pizza party. 

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Yellowknife International Film Festival

September

Western Arctic Moving Pictures in cooperation with our community partners will tour a package of films from the 10th annual Yellowknife International Film Festival (YKIFF) into every region in the NWT, with the support of the Department... Read more

CANZEAL CUP

September long weekend

Sailboat race to Moose Bay. Departs on Saturday and returns on Monday. For those who do not want to race, come out for a great weekend of sailing and stories.

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HANNA STEWART MEMORIAL LOCHE DERBY

November

This annual ice-fishing derby is fun for the whole family. Exact dates depend on the river ice. Prizes for the heaviest, longest, lightest and shortest loche – a cod-like fish, also called burbot or mariah.

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Pingo Canadian Landmark

The Mackenzie Delta has the highest concentration of pingos on Earth – approximately 1,350 of them. Eight, including famous Ibyuk PIngo and Split Pingo, are protected by Parks Canada in the 16-square-kilometre Pingo National Landmark outside Tuktoyaktuk. They range from five meters to 70 metres...

Aulavik National Park

Aulavik National Park Aulavik is our northernmost park, reaching across the pristine, wide-open lowlands of Banks Island. It’s famous for two things: the Thomsen River and muskoxen. The Thomsen, calm and crystal-clear, slides through this Arctic paradise carrying paddlers on guided and...

Wood Buffalo National Park

Wood Buffalo National Park Bigger than Switzerland, this is Canada’s largest park – and maybe its most intriguing. Founded to protect the Western Hemisphere’s most hefty land animal, the rare wood bison, the park bestrides the NWT/Alberta border, taking in sweeping piney plains, salt...

Nahanni National Park Reserve

Nahanni National Park Reserve Nahanni, the best-known Northern park, showcases the South Nahanni River, possibly Canada’s most epic waterway. Framed by four towering canyons, the river spills through the alpine habitat of broad-shouldered bears, nimble Dall’s sheep and elusive woodland...

FORT SMITH MISSION TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

Fort Smith Mission Heritage Park is all that remains of the original 151-acre Oblate Catholic Mission in what is now the centre of Fort Smith. For a period of a century between 1876 and the early 1980s, the Roman Catholic Church operated its mission to the entire Western Arctic from here. In the...

Vadzaih Van Tshik Campground (Gwich'in Territorial Park)

Nestled on the side of Caribou Creek approxiumately 40 kilometres north of Tsiigehtchic on the Dempster HIghway, Vadzaih Van Tshik Territorial Park well-protected from the elements by the steep cliffs nearby. Birds of prey glide high above, while kingfishers are occasionally seen skimming the water...

MCNALLIE CREEK TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

This park features a small picnic area, washrooms and a short trail leading to the 17-metre McNallie Creek Falls. At the viewing platform, a plaque explains the origin of the creek's name. Look for the cliff swallows nesting in the ravine walls. 

CHAN LAKE TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

Approximately haflway between Fort Providence and Behchoko, in the heart of the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary, this roadside day-use park offers a kithcen shelter and picnic area.   

60TH PARALLEL TERRITORIAL PARK

Adjacent to the visitor information centre, this park has a scenic picnic area overlooking the beautiful Hay River, plus seven non-powered campsites nestled amongst birch and aspen trees. Entering the Northwest Territories from Alberta, the friendly staff at the 60th Parallel are available to...

CAMERON RIVER CROSSING TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

This Ingraham Trail day-use area features washrooms, a picnic area, a lookout, trails and fishing.   

PROSPEROUS LAKE TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

Don’t be deceived by the apparent size of Prosperous Lake as seen from the shore – the main body of the lake is out of sight! This boat launch provides access to Prosperous Lake, which stretches approximately 16 kilometres north.  

MADELINE LAKE TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

Located on Madeline Lake, this park is a perfect place to enjoy a meal at one of its several picnic sites equipped with tables and firepits. Use the boat launch and dock area to access the lake for powerboating and watersports. Madeline Lake is usually calm due to its sheltered location and warm...

YELLOWKNIFE RIVER TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

Located on the Yellowknife River, the park is a perfect place to enjoy a picnic or fishing. There are washrooms here, a picnic area and playground, trails and a boat launch. For the more adventurous, boat up the river and into the string of lakes it connects to; or head into Back Bay and...

DORY POINT TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

Located on the south bank of the mighty Mackenzie River where it empties out of Great Slave Lake, just a short way from the Mackenzie River ferry crossing at Fort Providence, this us great spot to take a break before continuing your journey north or south. You'll find washooms, a picnic area and a...

TETLIT GWINJIK TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

You'll find interpretive displays at this fine lookout along the Dempster Highway.   

Happy Valley Territorial Park

Located in the heart of Inuvik, this park offers 19 powered and eight non-powered sites, and convenient access to the town’s attractions. The park is situated on a bluff overlooking the east branch of the Mackenzie River, with a view of the Richardson Mountains. It ifeatures washrooms, showers,...

Nitainlaii Territorial Park

This park is perched on a cliff overlooking the Peel River and surrounded by stands of white birch and white spruce trees. It's an ideal place to unwind for a few nights on the long journey up or down the Dempster. The visitor centre offers a fascinating glimpse of the life of the Gwich’in Dene...

Ja'k Territorial Park

Just outside Inuvik, this park features an observation tower with excellent views of the surrounding scenery and prime bird-watching. Watch for falcons, eagles and ducks, our summer residents. There is an abundance of cranberries, blueberries and cloudberries that give the park its name. The...

MacKinnon Territorial Park

On the banks of the Mackenzie River in Norman Wells, MacKinnon Territorial Park offers a great view of the Mackenzie Mountains and is a perfect stop for river-trippers. There are eight non-powered campsites, washrooms, firewood, a picnic area and a playground. 

Saoyú-ʔehdacho National Historic Site

Two peninsulas on Great Bear, covering 5,565 square kilometers, were designated as a national historic site in 2009. At that time, Parks Canada and the community of Délįne signed a first-of-its-kind deal where the sites – called Saoyú (saw-you-eh), or Grizzly Bear Mountain, and ʔehdacho (aa-daa-cho...

Deh Cho Bridge

The Deh Cho Bridge near Fort Providence is the only bridge to straddle Canada’s biggest river, the Mackenzie. It's twice as long as any other bridge in Northern Canada. It was also the costliest piece of infrastructure in territorial history, with a price tag of $202 million. RIsing more than 100...

The Lost Patrol graves

The graves of the infamous "Lost Patrol" lie beside St. Matthew's Anglican Church in Fort McPherson, and pay homage to one of the most tragic episodes in Northern history. 

The Igloo Church

Possibly the North’s most iconic, most photographed structure, the Our Lady of Victory church in downtown Inuvik is a bleach-white cylinder capped by a silvery dome, imitating the Inuvialuit snow-houses of old. The inside features paintings by local artist Mona Thrasher. 

Acho Dene Native Crafts Store

One of the finest galleries in all of the Northwest Territories, this sunny store is an essential stop for travellers on the Liard Highway. A wealth of moosehide and birchbark artworks and crafts are for sale, and the shopkeepers are brimming with handy information about the area.

The Papal Site

On the floodplain where the Liard River flows into the great Mackenzie, Pope John Paul II held mass for the Indigenous people of Canada nearly three decades ago. Thousands gathered as the world turned its eyes toward the Northwest Territories. Today the scenic site hosts community events, including...

Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary

This big boreal reserve protects Canada’s northernmost population of wood buffalo, which are almost inevitably seen browsing along Highway 3. Roadside parks in the area – including North Arm and Chan Lake – provide an opportunity to stretch your legs and explore the area’s flora and landscape.

Houseboat Bay

The North's most colourful neighbourhood bobs on the waves of Great Slave Lake, just offshore of Old Town. Rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore this floating community – or bunk down at the houseboat bed-and-breakfast. 

Wildcat Cafe

The North's iconic eatery, the log-cabin Wildcat is where the world comes to dine. You'll find that the ambience is rustic, the food is divine, the deck is bathed in sunshine, the beer is crisp and your fellow patrons are a wild array: Northerners and visitors both, gathered around communal tables...

Nááts’ihch’oh National Park

Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Nááts’ihch’oh, meaning “the mountain that’s sharp like a porcupine,” is named for a spine-like peak long sacred to the region’s First Nations. Nááts’ihch’oh is the Northwest Territories’ newest...

Thaidene Nëné National Park

Meaning “Land of the Ancestors,” Thaidene Nëné is a park-in-waiting, slated for federal and territorial protection in the next few years. The park will guard the glorious East Arm of Great Slave Lake – 27,000 square kilometres of spectacular and pristine waterways, forests and Canadian Shield.

Hay River Heritage Centre

Located in Hay River’s Old Town, this museum occupies the community’s former Hudson’s Bay store, built in 1948. In it, you’ll find displays showcasing the various eras of the town’s history, as well as exhibits on Métis and K’atl’odeeche Dene culture. 

Dene Cultural Institute

Located in a distinctive log-and-stone building on the main road of the Katlodeeche Reserve across from the town of Hay River, Yamozha Kue (a.k.a. the Dene Cultural Institute) lets you trade in your shoes for beaded moccasins and take a tour of Dene art and history. The gift shop sells crafts by...

Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly Building

Perched on the shores of Yellowknife's Frame Lake, the igloo-shaped territorial assembly building is the North’s centre of power. Take a tour and you’ll get a peek at the stately assembly chamber; the ornate, diamond-tipped territorial mace; artworks by Group of Seven master A.Y. Jackson; plus...

Norman Wells Historical Centre

Norman Wells lovingly curated history museum showcases the multifaceted events that shaped this region. Colourful military vehicles from the building of the legendary Canol Road sit bumper-to-bumper in the yard, while inside you’ll find memorabilia from the oil-boom nearly a century ago, displays...

Colville Lake Museum

The most quaint museum in the Northwest Territories, this hand-built log structure in tiny Colville Lake features paintings by famed local priest, pilot, and town-founder Bern Will Brown, as well as the North’s first snowmobile. 

Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre

In the heart of Fort Smith, this must-see museum showcases the area’s First Nations, Métis and Euro-Canadian heritage. It boasts a collection of some 10,000 items, including local man Frank Conibear’s famous trap, which revolutionized fur-harvesting, and the stuffed body of Canus, a whooping crane...

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

The granddaddy of Northern museums, Yellowknife’s voluminous Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre has it all – from biplanes to gold-mining memorabilia to Dene mooseskin boats. In addition to all the exhibits there’s an interactive play area for kids (complete with a miniature trappers cabin),...

Gwich'in Territorial Campground

Enjoy the spectacular shoreline of Campbell Lake, try your luck fishing, hike in search of unique rocks and fossils, or hit the beach for a swim above the Arctic Circle. There are just a few of the options available at Gwich'in Territorial Campground, about 30 kilometres south of Inuvik on the...

Fort Simpson Territorial Park

This idyllic park overlooks the confluence of the Mackenzie and Liard rivers, yet is within walking distance of the centre of town. The adjoining Papal Site commemorates the 1987 visit of Pope John Paul ll. This is a great location for bird-watching, while the nearby community trail links several...

Little Buffalo River Crossing Territorial Park

Located on the scenic Buffalo River about 20 kilometres shy of Fort Resolution, this placid campground features 20 campsites, washrooms, a kitchen shleter and picnic area, firewood, a boat launch, and excellent fishing.

Blackstone Territorial Park

Between Fort Liard and Fort Simpson on the Liard Trail, Blackstone Territorial Park boasts stunning mountain views and a prime location on the Liard River, downstream from its confluence with the South Nahanni. This is an excellent starting or ending point for canoeists, boaters or anglers. The...

Reid Lake Territorial Park

Reid Lake is also an excellent base for fishing, swimming, canoeing, hiking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, power boating, and for extended canoe trips into the surrounding lake systems. From here, canoeists can access the Lower Cameron River, canoe routes to Jennejohn Lake, and more. The...

Prelude Lake Territorial Park

The largest developed park on the Ingraham Trail, Prelude Lake Territorial Park offers a variety of facilities. There are trails,a sandy beach for swimming, a dock and boat launch, and boat rentals. The island-filled lake, about 16 kilometers long, forms part of the Cameron River system and has...

Fred Henne Territorial Park

Swim at Long Lake’s sandy beach. Camp, picnic, canoe or enjoy the amenities and attractions of nearby Yellowknife. Hike the four-kilometre Prospector’s Trail, highlighting the gold-bearing geology of the area. Or follow the Jackfish and Frame Lake trail system, leading you through through the...

Little Buffalo River Falls Territorial Park

This picturesque spot features six non-powered campsites. The area was devastated by a forest fire in 1981; nearly 40 years later it is now an ideal spot to observe how nature replenishes the land. Relax by the small waterfall, launch your canoe in the gorge below, and enjoy the playground, trails...

Fort Providence Territorial Park

Enjoy great fishing, bison and bird watching, and take advantage of the services available in nearby historic Fort Providence, featuring visitor services, tours, fishing, groceries, a motel and restaurant. The campground is on the north bank of the Mackenzie River, only two kilometres off Highway 3...

Hay River Territorial Park

Located on Vale Island in Hay River, (follow the signs; it’s about 10 kilometres past the information centre), this park offers fantastic swimming on the sandy shores of Great Slave Lake, unique views of barges and fishing vessels plying the waters, and great opportunities to fish for Northern Pike...

Sambaa Deh Falls Territorial Park

This popular park and campground are located at the junction of Highway 1 and the Trout River (Sambaa Deh in the Slavey language). The river was a traditional transportation route before and during the fur trade. The falls forced travellers to portage around this dangerous stretch of water. Today,...

Queen Elizabeth Territorial Park

Located just outside Fort Smith, this large, lushly wooded campground features 17 powered campsites, showers and washrooms, a kitchen shelter, firewood, a playground, and a walking trail leading to great views of the Slave River Rapids. 

Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park

This park is what we call a "destination park," and with good reason. The sights to be seen are spectacular, the camping facilities excellent, the peace and tranquility are another world. The park has three main areas, located between the Mackenzie Highway and the Hay River, and linked together by...

Lady Evelyn Falls Territorial Park

Make the trip to see the falls, even if you do not plan to camp overnight. From the Mackenzie Highway, an access road leads 6.8 kilometres south to the park. From the parking lot, a short trail leads to Lady Evelyn Falls. The falls form a giant curtain of water as the Kakisa River spills over a...

Cameron Falls

For a pretty little hike through classic Northern shield-country, drive 45 kilometres east of Yellowknife to the Cameron Falls Trail. The path twists through evergreen forests, across boardwalks and over undulating outcrops until, 20 minutes later, you arrive atop a lookout facing the waterfall,...

Sambaa Deh Trails

A must-see attraction on highway 1 from Fort Providence to Fort Simpson, the Sambaa Deh Gorge gapes where the Trout River slices through thick spruce woodlands not far from the community of Jean Marie River. Most visitors photograph the roadside falls, where the river surges through a limestone...

Twin Falls Gorge Trail

Following the rim of the gorgeous Hay River canyon, the easy Twin Falls Gorge trail begins at the community of Enterprise and leads south for eight kilometres through luxuriant boreal forest. Along the way you'll enjoy interpretive signage, great views of the yawning limestone chasm, and the...

Frame Lake Trail

Forming a seven-kilometre loop around the shores of Frame Lake in the heart of Yellowknife, the city's favourite walking trail has a little of everything. The eastern half of the loop is a paved, sedate urban path, leading you past architectural marvels such as the territorial legislative assembly...

Salt Plains

What in the world? Just west of Fort Smith in Wood Buffalo National Park lies a shimmering, pearly desert, stretching to the far horizon. A quick hike downhill will bring you to the bizarre Salt Plains, where saline minerals leach from an ancient seabed, turning the world white and crystalline....

Canol Trail

There's hiking, and then there's the Canol. Possibly North America's most rigorous backpacking trail, this 355-kilometre trek follows the route of a defunct military road that once transected the Mackenzie Mountains. Tackling it is an exercise in self-sufficiency and endurance: Most hikers require...

Ibyuk Pingo

Erupting from the pancake-flat tundra just outside the community of Tuktoyaktuk, this bulbous, ice-filled mound is the second-largest "pingo" on Earth. Called Ibyuk, it's 1,000 feet wide at its base and rises to the height of a 15-storey building, making its summit a scenic and popular destination...

Fort Providence Territorial Campground

Perched on the banks of the Mackenzie, this placid, timber-shrouded campground is an ideal basecamp for fishing the big river and exploring the town of Fort Providence, three kilometres downstream. You’ll find powered campsites, potable water, showers, picnic tables, fire grates – and incredible...

Dory Point Day Use Area

For roadtrippers, this is an ideal spot to stretch your legs, lay out a picnic and enjoy your first glimpse of the big Mackenzie River as it begins its 1,750-kilometre odyssey to the Arctic Ocean. Situated just a few kilometres shy of the Dehcho Bridge and the community of Fort Providence, Dory...

Louise Falls

A four-kilometre dayhike downriver from Alexandra Falls or upriver from Enterprise, this tiered, 15-metre-high cataract in the Hay River Canyon can be viewed from one of the finest (and most popular) campgrounds in the Northwest Territories. 

Alexandra Falls

A mandatory stop on the drive North of Sixty, this booming, 10-storey spillover on the Hay River is the centerpiece of Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park, not far from Enterprise. Shockingly, in 2003, an American daredevil kayaked the falls – and lived.

Cameron Falls

About 45 minutes by road east of Yellowknife, a short, scenic trail leads over the undulating outcrops to 17-metre Cameron Falls. Here, the Cameron River takes a tumble en route to Great Slave Lake. A bridge straddles the river, allowing picknickers to access the placid bank on the far side and...

Sambaa Deh Falls

Roaring directly beneath the Mackenzie Highway not far from the community of Jean Marie River, flashy, splashy Sambaa Deh Falls gets deserved attention from motorists. And here's a bonus: Take a stroll upstream and you’ll come to Coral Falls, a sweeter, shyer falls that you’ll likely have all to...

Lady Evelyn Falls

So perfect it seems planned, this road-accessible cascade is just outside the little village of Kakisa. It occurs where the Kakisa River jumps off an ancient coral reef, forming a crescent-shaped, 17-metre-high curtain of spray.

Whatı̀ Waterfall

Stunning Whatı̀ Waterfall features two thundering spillways with fine grayling fishing in the rapids below. It's accessible by road from Whatı̀.  

Hay River Beach

On blazing hot days, Hay River’s driftwoody beach draws travellers from the nearby campground – some of whom are bold enough to dunk themselves in Great Slave’s cool water.

Pine Lake Beach

The finest beach and campground in Wood Buffalo National Park, Pine Lake features soothing sand and shallow, warm, aquamarine waters, ideal for swimming or paddling when you're tired of gawking at the park's amazing wildlife. 

Long Lake Beach

Weekends in late summer, Yellowknife’s beach is peachy, with changing rooms, a campground, a kitchen area, volleyball and more water-skiers than you can shake a beer at.

Road’s End Golf Club

Built in 2009, Inuvik's Road’s End Golf Club boasts a grassy, 250-yard driving range and a three-hole course. Keep an eye out for ravens as you swing – the course once had to close when the sneaky birds made off with all the golf balls. 

Ptarmigan Ridge Golf Course

Located next Norman Wells' Heritage Hotel near the banks of the Mackenzie River, the grassy, evergreen-lined Ptarmigan Ridge course offers the only golfing in the Sahtu region, with four holes – soon to be expanded to six.

Seven Spruce Golf Course

Within easy walking distance of downtown Fort Simpson, the Seven Spruce Golf Course in features rolling, grassy fairways and a laid-back vibe. Rent clubs and tackle the sun-soaked nine-hole course or put up your feet in the clubhouse for a relaxing afternoon.

Ulukhaktok Golf Course

With artificial greens atop the tundra, Ulukhaktok is the coolest place you’ll play golf. The town’s nine-hole course if the world’s northernmost, and the annual Billy Joss Open draws visiting celebrity golfers. Word to the wise: Let the muskoxen play through. 

Yellowknife Golf Club

Eighteen holes. Sand fairways. Grassy putting greens. Jackpines, bedrock and ravens. It’s safe to say you’ll never play golf anywhere like the Yellowknife Golf Club – especially if you come for the Midnight Sun Golf Tournament, which tees off on the summer solstice every year.

Hay River Golf Club

This manicured nine-hole course follows the curvaceous contours of Hay River’s namesake river. Grassy and aspen-shrouded, it’s a duffer’s delight. There’s also a driving range and a beautiful log clubhouse with a deck overlooking the water – a great place to spend the afternoon even if golf isn’t...

Tuktut Nogait National Park

Tuktut Nogait National Park Tuktut Nogait, meaning “young caribou,” is one of Canada’s least visited parks, protecting the calving grounds of the 68,000-strong Bluenose caribou herd near the shores of the Northwest Passage. Most visitors experience the park while paddling...

Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve

Nááts’ihch’oh, named for a sacred mountain in its midst, is our newest park. Tucked against the Yukon border, it guards the headwaters of both the Nahanni and the Natla/Keele river systems. Paddlers can traverse the South Nahanni’s “rock garden,” featuring 50km of continuous rapids, or try the less...

Pelican Rapids Golf Club

On the outskirts of Fort Smith, the nine-hole Pelican Rapids Golf Club features artificial green, forgiving grassy fairways, water hazards, club- and cart-rentals – and a clubhouse with a deck above the river.

Slave River Rapids

For most of its length the broad Slave River plods over the boreal plains, sliding listlessly toward Great Slave Lake. But at the point where it hits the Northwest Territories border, it is suddenly stirred by the Canadian Shield and detonates into a maelstrom. Beginning at Fort Fitzgerald and...

Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park

One of the most popular parks in the Northwest Territories, Twin Falls boasts a wealth of attractions. The park, 75 kilometres north of the Alberta border, stretches along the rim of Twin Falls Gorge, encompassing 32-metre-high Alexnadra Falls, where the Hay River plunges into a deep limestone...

Hay River Gorge

Just a few dozen metres from the heart of Enterprise, the earth falls away and a gaping chasm yawns. This is the Twin Falls Gorge, a Grand Canyon in miniature. Here, sheer limestone walls glitter like shimmering sand, while the rim is lined with a dark wall of evergreens. Hundreds of feet below,...

Explore the Natural Wonders of Nahanni National Park

Nahanni National Park Reserve/ Naha Dehe is an outstanding example of northern adventure rivers, vast canyons, sheer granite spires and vast alpine plateaus. Dall’s sheep, mountain goats, woodland caribou, wolves, black bears, grizzlies and trumpeter swans all find refuge in Nahanni. The park, with...

Nààts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve

There's Magic in the Mountains Find extreme outdoor adventure and near absolute seclusion at the headwaters of the South Nahanni River in one of Canada's newest National Parks. Naats’ihch’oh protects an undisturbed expanse of river valleys and peaks in the Mackenzie Mountains, home to mountain...

Houseboats

Houseboats in Yellowknife Yellowknife's houseboat community is truly living off the grid. It began in the early 1980s when one or two families built their own houseboats on old river barges. The community has grown over the years, and the colourful and energy efficient housing in Yellowknife Bay...

The Mackenzie River

The Mackenzie River The Mackenzie River is the second longest river in North America, and its tributaries drain a fifth of Canada. The river rises in Great Slave Lake near Fort Providence and flows 1738 kilometres to the Mackenzie Delta and Arctic Ocean. This was Deh Cho (big river) to...

Delta Ice Roads

Delta Ice Roads From January to April, ice roads connect Aklavik and Tuktoyaktuk to Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Visitors can rent a vehicle and drive the winding river and stream route to Aklavik. For a wildly different sense of place, it is still possible to drive on the...

Pingos

Pingos at Tuktoyaktuk Some 1350 pingos (ice-cored hills) dot the coastline near Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. The largest, Ibyuk Pingo, is 16 stories high - a real landmark on the flat coastal plain. For centuries pingos have been used by Inuvialuit for navigation and as lookout points for...

Rivers to the Arctic

Rivers to the Arctic Historically, the Dene travelled up the Yellowknife River from Great Slave Lake and crossed the height of land near Snare Lake to the Coppermine River on the way to the Barrenlands. Sir John Franklin was saved from starvation by the Dene near Snare Lake in 1820. Today,...

North Slave Ice Roads

Ice Roads The longest ice road in the world is a private road built by a consortium of mining companies which extends from Tibbett Lake at the end of the Ingraham Trail 568 km to Contwoyto Lake in Nunavut. It is open to large trucks bringing supplies to the mines from January through March. Speeds...

The Ingraham Trail

The Ingraham Trail The Ingraham Trail stretches 70 kilometers east of Yellowknife threading together over a dozen lakes. There are picnic spots, hiking trails, campgrounds and boat launches all along the highway. It is terrific fishing, hiking, boating and canoeing country. Cameron Falls Trail...

East Arm

East Arm Great Slave Lake's East Arm is a world class scenic and geological wonder. Spectacular cliffs drop 180 metres into the tenth largest lake in the world. The scenery is primeval, the result of glaciation in North America and of a clearly visible fault in the earth's crust. This is...

The Barrenlands

The Barrenlands The Northwest Territories barrenlands are not really barren at all. Camps in the barrenlands provide opportunities to view and photograph a variety of wildlife, including caribou and muskoxen. Your base is a comfortable lodge on a scenic barrenland river or lake...

The Salt Plains

The Salt Plains The Salt Plains near Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, extend over 200 square kilometres, and are an extremely rare natural feature, and one of the reasons Wood Buffalo National Park was declared a World Heritage Site. Salt bubbles up in springs across the plains, in...

Canol Project

Canol Project History The Norman Wells Historical Centre offers an exciting introduction to the Canol Project. This was a wartime effort by the Canadian and American governments to supply oil to Alaska from the oil fields at Norman Wells, Northwest Territories. 30,000 troops from the southern...

The Ramparts

The Ramparts on the Mackenzie Hire a guide in Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories, to take you upriver to see the Ramparts, called Fee Yee, the towering, crestellated limestone cliffs that squeeze the huge volume of the Mackenzie River into a swirling chute. Traditonal Sahtu stories tell how a...

Great Bear Lake

Great Bear Lake Sahtu is the Dene name for gigantic Great Bear Lake. It means "bear waters," and might refer to the presence of barrenland grizzlies on the lake's eastern shores. Great Bear Lake is among the planet's largest bodies of fresh water, with a surface area of 31,400 sq km and...

Historic Sahtu Churches

Sahtu Churches At Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories, visit Our Lady of Good Hope (pictured above), perhaps the most beautiful expression of the respect of the Oblates for the Dene. Father Emile Petitot traveled with the Dene in the early 1800s, and recorded their languages and customs. He...

Old Town Yellowknife

Old Town Yellowknife Yellowknife's historic Old Town retains some of its raffish "dirty thirties" excitement, when miners pitched tents and built wooden shacks on Willow Flats, Peace River Flats, Latham Island and every inch of the “Rock”. Hidden among the upscale housing are some of the old...

N'dilo

N'dilo Dene who lived in the Yellowknife area remained on Latham Island when prospectors arrived in the 1930s looking for gold. N'dilo grew into a permanent community, home to the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. There are no overnight services, restaurants or stores here, but N'...

Cirque of the Unclimbables

Cirque of the Unclimbables A challenge for world class mountaineers, the Cirque is located in the Ragged Range, near Glacier Lake, Northwest Territories. The Cirque's most famous peak – a must for every serious climber - is the Lotus Flower Tower, featured in Fifty Classic Climbs in North America...

Ram Plateau and Area

Ram Plateau and Area There's dramatic hiking available to those who fly out to the Ram Plateau in Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories. There are grassy plains, scenic canyons 1200 to 1800 m deep, hoodoo and karst formations and exposed fossils. The north end of the...

Fort McPherson Tent and Canvas Shop

Established in 1970 to stimulate employment in Fort McPherson, this community-based enterprise combines local traditional skills with current manufacturing and production methods to craft a wide selection of products, from canvas tents to cordura nylon travel bags to custom sewing projects. 

The Ramparts

The closest thing to whitewater on the mighty Mackenzie River, this fast-flowing section occurs a few kilometres upstream from Fort Good Hope where the river is choked between 40-metre-high limestone cliffs.

Historical Aviation Museum

Located at the North-Wright dock on DOT Lake, you'll find two log buildings here – one the original North-Wright base, and one built by Canoe North Adventures as a shelter for canoeists in transit. In addition, there are small buildings once used by the four airlines that operated in Norman Wells...

Log Bridges

Foot bridges over streams and gullies on town walking trails are constructed of huge driftwood logs from southern forests. The logs, salvaged along the Mackenzie River, are woven into the supports for some unique and attractive bridges designed by local resident and outfitter Rick Muyers.

Somba K'e Park

On the shores of Frame Lake in front of City Hall, this grassy park is Yellowknife's favourite gathering place. In summer, musical performances are common at the waterfront ampitheatre, and various attractions – the museum, the visitor centre, Firewood Studio, a towering drum-dance sculpture, etc...

Old Town

One of the most diverse, historic, offbeat neighbourhoods in Canada, Old Town is the beating heart of Yellowknife. Here, where the Precambrain Shield juts into Great Slave Lake, goldseekers 80 years ago pioneered what was to become the North's greatest settlement. Today the area is an intriguing...

Frame Lake Trail

This seven-kilometre loop around Frame Lake is the recreation trail for activity in the heart of the capital. While the eastern half is paved and passes by residential neighbourhoods, the western half consists of boardwalks over muskeg and wayfinding over rolling, forested-shrouded Shield-rock. ...

Pilots' Monument

Yellowknife's most popular lookout rises above Old Town, providing a stupendous view over Great Slave Lake, Back Bay and the northern reaches of the city. The monument is high up on "The Rock," and is accessed via a winding staircase to the top. It is dedicated to the bush pilots and engineers...

Niven Lake Trail

Direclty across HIghway 3 from the Northern Frontier Visitor Centre, this easy two-kilometre loop explores the shoreline of a small marshy lake in the heart of a Yellowknife residential neighbourhood. Despite its urban location, Niven Lake is rich in wildlife, with beavers, muskrats and waterfowl a...

Bristol Freighter

Perched on a pillar near the entrance to town, the yellow and blue Bristol Freighter airplane greets visitors to Yellowknife, reminding them of the region's vital aviation history. Bush planes such as this one fed the development of the town, bringing people and supplies before Yellowknife was...

Traditional Sod House

Built with sawn drift logs covered with sod clumps for insulation, this popular visitor attraction is a recreation of a traditional Inuvialuit dwelling.   

Our Lady of Lourdes schooner

Donated on behalf of Pope Pius XI in the 1930s, the schooner Our Lady of Lourdes sailed the Beaufort Sea for decades, delivering supplies to far-flung Catholic missions and carrying Inuvialuit children to Cathloic residential schools. Since 1982 the vessel has sat on display near Tuktoyaktuk's...

The Old Hudson Bay Warehouse

The Hudson Bay Warehouse in Old Town was built in 1945 to store retail goods imported by river from the south to feed, clothe and support the miners who established Yellowknife.

Bank of Toronto Building

Located at 7 Otto Drive on Latham Island, this log cabin is one of Yellowknife's oldest surviving buildings. Built in 1938 as a private residence, the city's Bank of Toronto branch opened here six years later. Allan Lambert, former president and chairman of the Toronto Dominion Bank, cut his teeth...

Canadian Pacific Float Base

Built in 1946 on the waterfront in Old Town, this City of Yellowknife Heritage Site was the city's first permanent floatplane base. Many aviation pioneers once worked out of this building, including Stan McMillan and Max Ward. In earlier years, the large hall was also used for social gatherings...

Fireweed Studio

Built in the early 1930s as a blacksmith shop, this single-storey log building was originally situated on what is now the Giant Mine property. After being moved to its current location near City Hall it became a tourist information centre (1978-1992), and, now, an artist's studio and retail outlet.

Hay River Mission Sites

The Hay River Mission is a National Historic Site on the Hay River (K'atlodeeche) Dene Reserve. Established in the late 19th century, the site consists of St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Ste. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, remains of a rectory, and associated cemeteries containing spirit houses.

Knut Lang’s Place

The trading post known as Knut Lang’s Place is on the Peel Channel of the Mackenzie Delta, about 48 kilometres upstream from Aklavik. The post was built in the 1930s and includes includes standing log buildings, some with sod roofs. It was built by independent trader Knut Lang, a longtime community...

The Old Anglican Church

Built around 1880, this single-storey log church, complete with a gable roof and wooden steeple, is one of the oldest standing buildings in the Northwest Territories. It is located on the former Hudson's Bay lot in the historic centre of the community. The dovetailed log structure is an excellent...

​Back Bay Cemetery

Back Bay Cemetery, a City of Yellowknife Heritage Site, consists of 35 gravesites from 1936-46. The cemetery is located along the waterfront in Jackfish Draw, adjacent to Back Bay, on Great Slave Lake. It was Yellowknife's first graveyard, associated with many pioneering families. The majority of...

Old Log School House

The Old Log School House was the first school in Yellowknife. It was built in 1937 by prominent Yellowknife pioneers Ray G. 'Red' McPhie and 'Sleepy Jim' McDonald. Originally used as a mining kitchen and bunkhouse, it became a one-room schoolhouse in 1939, where Mildred Hall presided as the first...

Lafferty House

​The Lafferty House is a one-and-a-half storey squared-log dwelling built circa 1929,  located at the north end of the village of Fort Simpson, close to the waterfront. It was built by the Laffertys, a proud Metis family who have been in the Fort Simpson area since 1790 and were long active in the...

Ehdaa National Historic Site

On the flats at the southwestern end of Fort Simpson Island, for centuries Dene gathered at this site during their seasonal rounds to allocate land use, arrange marriages, resolve disputes, hold puberty rites, undertake ceremonies of healing and thanksgiving, and trade goods and knowledge. The site...

McPherson House

Built in 1936, this one-and-a-half storey squared-log dwelling overlooks the Papal Flats in Fort Simpson. An excellent example of Metis architecture, it is located at the southern edge of the original Hudson’s Bay Company compound and is an icon of the fur-trade heritage of the community.

Albert Faille's Cabin

Legendary prospector Albert Faille spent his life hutning for gold in the Nahanni Mountains. Each spring from the 1950s until his death in 1973 he journeyed up the Liard and Nahanni rivers from his home in Fort Simpson, portaging around the great Virginia Falls and continuing into the alpine ...

NORTH ARM TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

Enjoy a break from driving at this roadside park, offering washrooms, a kitchen shelter and a boat launch. Stop and rest on the picturesque shores of Great Slave Lake to take photos or simply to relax with a picnic. Be sure to look around you – the scenery abruptly changes here from rolling, well-...

POWDER POINT TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

Powder Point Day Use Area is located within Hidden Lake Territorial Park on the Ingraham Trail, a little more than 45 kilometres east of Yellowknife on the eastern arm of Prelude Lake. Powder Point offers access to both the the Lower Cameron River Canoe Route and the Powder Point Canoe Route. The...

PONTOON LAKE TERRITORIAL PARK

On the Ingraham Trail, this park features washrooms, a picnic area, trails and a boat launch.    

NIHTAK DAY USE AREA

You'll find washrooms and a boat launch at this Depmster Highway day-use area.   

EHJUU NJIK DAY USE AREA

Just off the side of the Dempster Highway, this day-use area has washrooms and access to great fishing.   

HAY LAKES CAMPGROUND

This municipal campground is located about four kilometres along the access road to Fort Liard. It's next to a small lake, and offers a kitchen shelter and several campsites.

KAKISA RIVER TERRITORIAL PARK

Take a break to enjoy a picnic or spend the afternoon fishing (in season) along the fast-moving Kakisa River. Watch for trophy Grayling. Great Slave Lake is home to the current world record Arctic Grayling, and one of the Grayling's favourite spawning tributaries is the Kakisa River. Hike the trail...

Gwich'in Territorial Park

The Dempster Highway serves as a boundary for this 8,800-hectare park, which includes two campgrounds (Vadzaih Van Tshik Campground and Gwich’in Territorial Campground), two day-use areas (Ehjuu NJik and Nihtak) and Tithegeh Chii Vitaii Lookout. The park is home to a number of natural wonders of...

Bear Rock

Towering 400 metres above Tulita, sacred Bear Rock is said to be where Yamoria, the great law-giver of Dene lore, confronted a gang of giant beavers that had been drowning hunters. Yamoria killed three of the beavers and draped their vast pelts on Bear Rock – forming three dark circles that...

The Mad Trapper’s Grave

In the depths of December, 1931, an enigmatic loner calling himself Albert Johnson shot and injured a policeman near the Rat River, not far from Aklavik. He then led authorities on a two-month goose-chase that was broadcast via radio around the world. As the sign beside his grave says, “With...

Our Lady of Good Hope Church

The oldest and certainly the most ornate place of worship in the North, this tiny cathedral crowns a bluff overlooking the Mackenzie River in Fort Good Hope. Built starting in 1865 by Oblate missionaries – including the famed Father Émile Petitot –­ the church from the outside is whitewashed, steep...

The Papal Site

On September 20, 1987, on the flats where the Mackenzie and Liard Rivers flow together above Fort Simpson, as many as 4,000 people – mostly Dene – gathered to welcome Pope John Paul II. It was the first time any pope had ever visited an Aboriginal community. His Holiness, wearing a caribou-skin...

Fisherman's Wharf

Located alongside the Hay River as you head onto Vale Island, Fiserhman's Wharf is the place to come for local arts and crafts, market-garden produce, fresh-caught Great Slave Lake fish – or simply to sit in the sunshine and people-watch. It operates on Saturdays in summer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Fort Resolution National Historic Site

Here, on this rectangular peninsula jutting northward into Great Slave Lake, the Northern fur-trade got its foothold. Parks Canada has designated this 8.8-hectare expanse – long the site of a Hudson Bay Company post – as a national historic site. It and other trading posts in the region began...