Wanna put some sizzle in your summer? Then grab your swimsuit and head for the midnight sun. Yeah, that's right. This time of the year the Northwest Territories can get sweltering hot, with round-the-clock light and day after day of cloudless, bluebird skies.
Don't believe us? Then check out these record high temperatures set in communities across the Northland.
With an all-time high of 39.4°C (that's 103°F), the Northwest Territories has gotten hotter than Hawaii (37°C). It's also warmer than the all-time high in any of Canada's Maritime provinces. It happened at Fort Smith, the gateway to Wood Buffalo National Park, where you can tan on the famous sun-baked salt flats or take a dip in balmy Pine Lake.
Hay River boasts the North's biggest beach: a vast strand of sand stretching along the south shore of Great Slave Lake. It's the perfect place to play on warm, sunny days. And when temperatures get really toasty (Hay River's high, 98°F, is as warm as the record for far-more-southerly PEI) you can always go jump in the lake.
Fort Simpson's prime summer celebration is called the Open Sky Festival – which makes sense, what with all the sunlight here. The town bakes in the summer, with a maximum high of 98°F. Too hot? Charter a plane into nearby Nahanni National Park, where the mountain air and the cool waters of the Nahanni River will refresh your heart and soul.
Just north of the B.C. border, Fort Liard is the territory's banana belt, famous for big trees and luxurious gardens. Summers can get flaming hot – up to 95°F. To cool off, make your way down to banks of the Liard River, or better yet, hire a local to take you up into the nearby Mackenzie Mountains.
Tulita looks out over the Mackenzie Range, home to famous paddling rivers like the Mountain, Natla, Keele and Broken Skull. For a town practically touching the Arctic Circle, it can feel down-right tropical. The all-time high here is a blistering 95°F.
When the mercury climbs in Norman Wells (record: 95°F), head to the lush Ptarmigan Ridge Golf Course, where you can play a round (or two, or three) beneath the perpetual midnight sun.
From May to mid-August, the capital of the Northwest Territories is bathed in brilliant sun. On days that approach the record-high of 91°F, every pond, lake, creek and bay and will be filled with boaters and swimmers.
If you make it to Tuk, on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, you'd better take a dip in the waves. Normally it'll be pretty brisk, but even up here on the tundra the weather can get warm. The record? A blissful 85°F.