Fall colours in the Northwest Territories

Up here, winter is otherworldly. Spring is euphoric. Summer is delirious. But fall-time may be the best season of all. So dig out your flannel and get ready for some fun. Here's what's awesome about autumn in the Northwest Territories:  

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Nights returns to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

After months of endless daylight, the return of darkness comes as a relief – comforting us, cloaking us, putting us at ease.

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Aurora borealis in the fall in the Northwest Territories

Oh, and maybe the best thing about the return of the darkness? The Auroras come back. Indeed, autumn might be the best time to see our celestial lightshow, before the winter's chill sets in. 

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The NWT's beautiful campb

In the hot season, parks are bustling with tourists. In autumn? Not so much. You'll have your pick of campsites, plus plenty of peace and quiet while you slurp your coffee beside the river on a crisp fall morning. Book your campground here.

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Caribou in the Northwest Territories

In autumn, our most ubiquitous ungulates (try saying that three times fast!) begin to move en masse. Great herds of caribou flow south from the Arctic coast, sweeping through the Barrens toward the treeline. In places, such as along the Dempster Highway or at lodges on the tundra, you'll find yourself practically in the midst of this great migration

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Harvest time in the Northwest Territories

Speaking of caribou, autumn is harvest time. Locals head out onto the land to stock their freezers for the coming winter. It's a great time to visit Indigenous camps and learn about traditional lifeways.

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Nice hikes outside towns in the Northwest Territories

Autumn hiking is no sweat. Get it? No sweat, 'cause the weather's cooler? Seriously, it's the best time of year to trek in the Northwest Territories. If you're in Yellowknife, head down the Ingraham Trail and hike out to Cameron Falls.

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The first dusting of snow in the Northwest Territories

In some parts of the North, they call it "termination dust" – the first snow of autumn, when the peaks become dusted with powder. Over the coming weeks, the snowline works its way downslope – until, too soon, everywhere is white. 

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Autumn is prime berry-picking time in the Northwest Territories

Om nom nom. Once the nights get cold, the sugar rises in the berries and they become, literally, ripe for the picking. Berry-harvesting is a competitive sport up here, with some folks actually chartering planes out onto the tundra and bringing back hundreds of pounds of juicy goodness. Some of the best picking can be done along the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway. Get yourself a mouthful today. 

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Go birding in the Northwest Territories

You know it's fall-time up here when you hear the geese honking overhead, fleeing southbound. Scores of other species take to the skies as well, making this the best birding time of the year. 

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Rent a cozy cabin in the Northwest Territories

In fall, you don't have to feel guilty about being indoors. Snuggle up in a cozy log cabin and do some easy reading. That's what the autumn is for. 

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Eat bannock or fresh caught fish in the Northwest Territories

You also don't need to feel guilty about fall-feasting. The cold is coming, so you'd better build up your energy reserves. Moose stew anyone? Or grab whatever's on the local menu.

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Brilliant foliage

In late August and September, the tundra turns so red that it looks like it's on fire. Imagine, a whole landscape of radiant crimson. It's the prettiest time of year, especially in the Barrenlands. Book a flightseeing tour to take in the vibrant colours.

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Take photos on the Barrenlands in the Northwest Territories

And because fall is the prettiest time of year, it's the time when photographers flock here. You'll find photo workshops taking place at lodges on the Barrenlands, where you'll learn how to turn all that beauty into a image that pops off the page. 

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A fisher's delight in the Northwest Territories

Fall is for fishing. The water's still open, the Pike and Trout and Char are still biting. Pull on a wooly toque and go wet a line! 

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Ahhh, no bugs in the Northwest Territories come fall-time.

Yeah, that's right. 

No mosquitoes. 

No blackflies. 

No no-see-ums. 

No horseflies. 

 

Life is good ....

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