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21 majorly zen places where you can totally chill out in the Northwest Territories

The tundra comes alive in the NWT.

21 majorly zen places where you can totally chill out in the Northwest Territories

Man, life is stressful in the city. But it sure isn't in the Northwest Territories. Check out all these places where you can put your feet up, unwind, and enjoy the sound of silence. Everyone say it now: Ommmmmm .... 

Blachford Lake Lodge in the NWT

1. Need to lower your blood pressure? Pay a visit to this frosty forest near Blachford Lake Lodge and breathe in deep the healing air ... 


Glacier Lake in the NWT

2. Or crouch down beside Glacier Lake, in Nahanni National Park Reserve, and let your mind go blank as you watch the water ripple ... 

Arctic cotton on the tundra.

3. Maybe you should just stretch out in a fluffy field of Arctic cotton outside Tuktoyaktuk and look at shapes the clouds make. 

A bull caribou in the NWT.

4. Shhhh! It's a bull caribou! He's living in the moment, wandering along the Barrenlands

Fish underwater in Great Slave Lake in the NWT

5. This trout is really mellow, too. It must be nice to just swim around all day in a pristine lake. Hey, why not dive in?

Cliffs on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake.

6. Hmm... These shore cliffs on the East Arm, gently washed by Great Slave Lake, are definitely too high to jump from. They sure are beautiful, though.

Fireweed growing in the NWT.

7. Take the time to smell the fireweed, which grows all over the subarctic.

A rain shower moves across Great Bear Lake.

8. Is anything more calming than the patter of a gently falling rain on a lake? Enjoy getting caught in a summer shower moving across Great Bear Lake with no subway or bus stop to run to for cover.

Dusk on the Keele River at Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve in the NWT.

9. Ponder eternity at dusk on the Keele River in Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve. Or just marvel at the crazy sky.

The Northern lights above Pine Lake in Wood Buffalo National Park.

10. Oh wow! The Aurora is magical over Pine Lake in Wood Buffalo National Park. You don't see that with all the light pollution in the city, do you?

A brook in the NWT's Mackenzie Mountains.

11. Wouldn't it be nice to set up camp beside this gurgling brook in the Mackenzie Mountains?

The colours along the Dempster Highway in the NWT.

12. Or picture yourself strolling through the brilliant reds and oranges of the autumn tundra alongside the remote Dempster Highway picking some delicious berries. 


Bison in the NWT.

13. This bucolic bison could probably teach us all a lesson about taking it easy.

Mist cloaks the South Slave lowlands.

14. Ah, so calming – the mist cloaking the South Slave lowlands. No smog alerts here.

The Natla River in the NWT.

15. Imagine the thinking you could get done perched on this lookout over the Natla River. No sirens or horns blaring to distract you here. Well, perhaps the odd loon call.


Nahanni Mountain Lodge on Little Doctor Lake in the NWT.

16. Little Doctor Lake = Best. Campfire. Ever. 


The Northern Lights above the Hay River Gorge.

17. What? Is this even real?

Yes, they're the Northern Lights above the Hay River Gorge. And they're spectacular.


Rock art in Yellowknife's Old Town.

18. That's some seriously groovy art in Yellowknife's Old Town. You have permission to sit down in front of it and zone out.

Tuktut Nogait Park in the NWT

19. Bet it would be fun to peer over the rim of this slot canyon in Tuktut Nogait National Park.

The Mackenzie Delta in the NWT.

20. Whoa, the Mackenzie River Delta is a crazy maze! It's like one of those cool Celtic knots or something.

Try counting the lakes and ponds - are there more or less than the potholes on your commute to work?


Muskoxen on Banks Island.

21. Oh, hey muskoxen! You're just chowing grass on Banks Island, chillaxing in the midnight sun. Sweet spot you've got. Namaste dudes!


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