Summer Festivals & Events

The hottest happenings

It would be hard to find a week without a festival in the summer in the Northwest Territories. From funky celebrations to music and arts festivals, the NWT is in full get-together mode celebrating warm weather and long days and visitors are invited to join in!


MAY 2017

FISHING DERBY
Fort Resolution, mid May
(867) 394-4541
Spring fishing derby just in time to catch Inconnu. Contests for biggest, smallest, etc. $20 per person to participate.


JUNE 2017

MINER’S PICNIC
Yellowknife, mid June
(867) 873-5281
Celebrating the mineral story of the Northwest Territories. Free BBQ, mine rescue competition, gold panning and more.

BEER BARGE
Yellowknife, June
(867) 873-6078
Live entertainment will include music and storytelling. Several dignitaries will speak about Yellowknife history and the importance of the barges. Cost of the event is $25.

CANADIAN NORTH MIDNIGHT SUN GOLF CLASSIC
Yellowknife, mid June
(867) 873-4326
yellowknifegolf.com
A long-standing highlight of the summer season. Tee off under the sun at midnight. Banquets and pro workshops. Lots of prizes.

KINGALIK JAMBOREE
Ulukhaktok, Father’s Day Weekend
(867) 396-8000
Celebrate the return of the kingalik (king eider duck) with traditional events such as tea-boiling, duck plucking, fish filleting. Outings with families to greet the ducks, square dancing, traditional events and contests, seal skinning, traditional dress, outdoor events, feasts, bike races, relay races and a scavenger hunt.

ARCTIC MARKET
Inuvik, Saturdays mid-June through early September
facebook.com/arctic.market
Promoting local growers, artisans, crafters and bakers. Held in Jim Koe Park.

YELLOWKNIFE FARMERS MARKET
Tuesday evenings through summer
http://www.yellowknifefarmersmarket.ca/
Open 5:15 to 7:15 pm at Somba K’e Civic Plaza

DEHCHO OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT
Fort Simpson, June 21
(867) 695-2787
Celebrate Aboriginal Day in Fort Simpson with some friendly competition at the 7 Spruce golf course. The event starts with canoe races. Call golf course for more details.

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY
June 21
Territorial holiday with events in all communities. Contact town offices for details.

YELLOWKNIFE SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL
Yellowknife, June 21
Where music and culture meet community spirit. Lots of live performances at venues all around Yellowknife.


JULY 2017

ANNUAL OPEN SKY FESTIVAL
Fort Simpson, early July
(867) 695-3005
http://www.openskycreativesociety.com/
Annual multidisciplinary arts festival. A range of art forms including story telling, moose hair tufting, theatre, modern dance, traditional fiddling and new media screenings. Workshops are available for audience participation.

HAY DAYS FESTIVAL
Hay River, early July
info@haydays.ca
Hay Days Music, Arts and Cultural Festival takes place in July in Hay River NWT!

KOLE CROOK FIDDLING CAMP
Hay River, early July
(867) 874-6680
In honour of a young fiddler who died in a plane crash in Norman Wells. Evening performances Wednesday to Friday. Admission by donation.

ANNUAL FLYFISHING DERBY
Great Slave Lake, early July
(867) 873-4334
enodah.com
Hosted at Trout Rock Lodge, come try your hand at flyfishing at one of the most beautiful locations around. Contests, flyfishing lessons, shore lunches and more!

ANNUAL ABILITY CUP REGATTA
Yellowknife, early July
Race starts at 1 pm at the Cruising Club by Giant Mine. Free admission, BBQ, entertainment and fun! Entertainment from 1 pm – 4:30 pm. Everyone welcome!

PARKS DAY
Mid-July
parksday.ca
An opportunity to participate in one of hundreds of unique and fun events taking place at parks and sites from coast to coast to coast. Events take place in several NWT communities. Contact local town offices for details.

BILLY JOSS OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT
Ulukhaktok, July
(867) 396-8000
Each summer the Billy Joss Open 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.

MIDNIGHT SUN FLOAT PLANE FLY IN
Yellowknife, July 6-9
(867) 873-4036
floatplaneflyin.com
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.

FOLK ON THE ROCKS
Yellowknife, July 14 - 16
(867) 920-7806
folkontherocks.com
Yellowknife’s own music festival takes the stage at Long Lake for a weekend of fine northern and international music, specialty food and arts and crafts.

GREAT NORTHERN ARTS FESTIVAL
Inuvik, July 14 - 23
(867) 777-8638
gnaf.org
This annual event occurs in mid-July and lasts for ten days. The 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 North. There are Inuit, Inuvialuit, Gwich’in, Dene, Metis and other First Nations, as well as non-Aboriginal artists and artisans.

THEATRE ON THE LAKE
Yellowknife, late July
theatreonthelake.wordpress.com
Theatre on the Lake brings Yellowknifers the experience of the theatre on the stunning shores of Frame Lake. Featuring local playwrights, directors and actors, Theatre on the Lake is the only festival of its kind in the Northwest Territories!

PRE-PADDLEFEST EVENTS
Fort Smith, late July
(867) 872-3593
slavepaddlefest@gmail.com
Guided flat water canoe trips to see the rapids, opportunities for youth and adults to take courses, guided hike to the rapids and more! Check out our website for a listing of all the different pre-PaddleFest events!

GATEWAY JAMBOREE
Enterprise, July
(867) 984-3211
Experience an amazing day of family fun and entertainment just a few km north of scenic Twin Falls Gorge. Music! Food! Crafts!

OLD TOWN RAMBLE & RIDE
Yellowknife, August 5-7
oldtownyk.com
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!

AUGUST 2017

RAMPART RENDEZVOUS

Fort Good Hope, August
(867) 598-2231
A community festival with cultural and traditional events, including tent setting, tea boiling, dryfish making, duck plucking, and canoe races along with a weekend of evening entertainment that consists of fiddle music, drum dances, and talent shows.

SLAVE RIVER PADDLEFEST
Fort Smith, August 4-7
(867) 872-3593
slavepaddlefest@gmail.com
Fort Smith Paddling Club invites you to join the paddling community for the festivities! Guided river trips on flat water and whitewater for all skill levels, flat water and canoe picnic and canoe race (tandem canoe and voyageur canoe), raft rides, double whitewater kayak rides with a pro, guided hikes, feasts, Aboriginal games, prizes and more.

ANNUAL COMMISSIONER’S CUP RACE
Yellowknife/Hay River, late July or early August
Great Slave Cruising Club- one of the longest fresh-water races in North America. The race starts on Friday at 9 am. Races resume from Hay River on Sunday at 9 am. Boats return sometime Monday.

PINGO MUSIC FESTIVAL
Tuktoyaktuk, early August
(867) 977-2153
Music festival featuring local performers, jigging contest and cookout.

CULTURE WEEK ON MISSION ISLAND
Fort Resolution, mid-August
(867) 394-4291
Local instructors teach dry meat making, bannock, canoeing, rabbit snares, drumming, moosehide tanning, and setting fish nets. Participants rotate among the demonstrations. Camping encouraged. Road access.

MIDWAY LAKE FESTIVAL
Fort McPherson, August
(867) 952-2017
Celebrating its 31st anniversary in 2016, Midway Lake attracts old-time fiddlers, as well as local bands. There is bus service from Fort McPherson. Bring a tent, food and crafts available at this annual family festival. Held at Midway Lake, 30 km from Fort McPherson on the Dempster Highway.

Summer Splash
Fort Smith, early August
(867) 872-2859
info@nlmcc.ca
Fort Smith's annual Summer Splash Art Festival. Enjoy activities through the week such as art workshops, family events, arts festival, farmers market and more. 

HAPPY DAZE IN BEHCHOKǪ̀
Behchokǫ̀, mid-August
(867) 392-6500
Join the community of Behchokǫ̀ for Happy Daze 2015. Talent shows, tournaments, dances and more. Don’t miss this fun filled weekend for the whole family. Contact the town office for more details. Online schedule available at tlicho.ca.

IKHALUKPIK JAMBOREE
Paulatuk, August
(867) 580-3709
Celebrate the return of the Arctic Char with traditional games and drum dances. Crib night, Opening Ceremonies, Jamboree King & Queen, Good Man/Woman competitions.

ENDLESS SUMMER SUNDAYS
Yellowknife, end of August
(867) 920-7806
Join us at the Folk on the Rocks Beer Gardens to listen to some fantastic local musicians, and celebrate another incredible Yellowknife summer! 

CANOE DAYS
Tsiigehtchic, August
(867) 953-3361
Canoe races, talent shows, jigging/dancing contest, drum dancing.

THEBACHA & WOOD BUFFALO DARK SKY FESTIVAL
Wood Buffalo National Park - Fort Smith, August 17 - 20
(867) 872-0243
http://www.tawbas.ca/dark-sky-festival.html
Thebacha and Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society invites you to come check out the amazing night sky! 


SEPTEMBER 2017

ANNUAL TRADITIONAL HANDGAMES TOURNAMENT
Tulita, September
(867) 588-3341
Annual Traditional Men’s Handgame Tournament takes place at the beginning of September during the Labour Day weekend. Over 200 people gather in Tulita to watch the exciting Traditional games with over 30 teams participating.

CANZEAL CUP
Yellowknife, September
Great Slave Cruising Club 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!

INUVIK FALL FAIR
Inuvik, early-September
(867) 777-3267
Held at the Community Greenhouse. Games for all ages. BBQ, face painting, and gardening competition. Contact Inuvik Community Greenhouse for more details.

FIDDLING AND JIGGING TALENT SHOW
Hay River, September
(867) 874-6581
The biggest fiddling and jigging championship North of 60! The event raises funds for music programs, preserves the culture and promotes northern artists.

DENINOO DAYS
Fort Resolution, end of September
(867) 394-4556
Join in or watch triathlon, baseball, canoe and boat races, traditional games and cultural activities for all ages.

FESTIVAL OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN
Yellowknife, September
(867) 873-3429
Extend your Summer! Come out and enjoy tons of local Yellowknife talent at Northern United Place. Arts Market starts at 1 pm, live music starts at 2 pm. Beverages and cake will be served and a pizza party wraps up the evening.

YELLOWKNIFE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Yellowknife, September
(867) 766-2586
The Yellowknife International Film Festival (YKIFF) consists of film screenings with workshops, artist talks and discussions.


NOVEMBER 2017

HANNA STEWART MEMORIAL LOCHE DERBY
Aklavik, November
(867) 978-2351
The annual ice-fishing derby is fun for the whole family. The event dates depend on the river ice. Prizes for the heaviest, longest, lightest and shortest Loche (Burbot or Mariah, a cod-like fish).

 

 

 

 

 

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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...

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...

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 mos hefty land animal, the rare wood bison, the park bestrides the NWT/Alberta border, taking in sweeping...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. 

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, ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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:...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

PONTOON LAKE TERRITORIAL PARK

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

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...

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...

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.

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.

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...