Barely an hour north of the Alberta border is friendly Enterprise, where scenery is spellbinding and adventure is at your doorstep.
With a population around 120, Enterprise is synonymous with the open road. The community got its start back in 1948 to serve travellers on the first highway constructed in the Northwest Territories. Then, as now, this was the place where two exciting paths diverged. Highway 2 leads northeast to Great Slave Lake and the communities of Hay River, Fort Resolution and Fort Smith. The Mackenzie Highway, meanwhile, sets off northwest – toward Yellowknife, Fort Simpson, and beyond.
Here at the intersection of those legendary roadways you'll find Winnie's Gift Shop, specializing in high quality Dene arts and crafts, including moosehide products, birchbark baskets, fish-scale art, carvings and more.
Just steps away from the heart of Enterprise, you'll witness one of the North's most dramatic attractions, the plunging Hay River Gorge. Here, the honey-brown Hay River slices its way through a dizzying limestone canyon.
Follow the flat, forested trail upriver a few kilometres and you'll arrive at spectacular waterfalls: multi-level Louise Falls and her taller, flashier sister, Alexandra, a 107-foot-high earthshaking torrent.
Nearby you'll find viewing platforms, picnic facilities and Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park, one of the most popular campgrounds in the Northwest Territories, and a perfect base to explore the Enterprise area.
Another 80 kilometres south, at the NWT border, you'll find Sixtieth Parallel Territorial Park, with a small riverside campground and a visitor centre - open in the summer - full of fascinating displays about the North. Half an hour north of Enterprise at Hay River, meanwhile, are additional accommodations and attractions.