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The 23 best things about summer up north

The 23 best things about summer up north: Experience hiking, camping, golfing and more in Canada's Northwest Territories

Summer in the North is total euphoria. No darkness. No deadlines. No limits. Just an infinite wild wonderland and months on end to enjoy it. 

sun rise Canada's Northwest Territories

1. Fishin' at midnight

... or at midday, or whenever you darn well please. Our fish don't wear watches. They're biting all the time.

2. Waterfall rainbows

Holy geez, could this scene get any more magical? Maybe you're dreaming. Better pinch yourself.

3. Skinnydipping – briefly

Because nothing clears your head like a quick splash in a glacier-fed mountain stream. 

Welcoming summer visitors

4. Welcoming summer visitors

Our greeters have a wild side. Probably best not to shake their hands. 

Watching the Aurora at twilight

5. Watching the Aurora above your campsite

Stay up late enough and you might see the sky go crazy

Sailing on Great Slave Lake

6. Sailing on Great Slave Lake

This billion-gallon lake has maybe 20 sailboats tops. Find a lonely island and call it your own. 

Riding on car ferries

7. Riding on car ferries

Yes! Free boat rides!

Dining at the Wildcat Cafe

8. Dining at the Wildcat Cafe

Yellowknife's legendary pioneer restaurant is open only in the summer. Make it your first Northern meal. 

Napping on a riverbank

9. Napping on a riverbank

Snooze whenever, wherever, you get tired. I mean, it's not like you're on a deadline. It's your holiday after all. 

10. Getting up close and personal with vivid tundra foliage

Lie face down and stick your nose in our Barrenland flowers. You'll be amazed – it's like a tiny jungle down there. 

 Four-wheelin' in the mud

11. Four-wheelin' on the beach

Look, sometimes you just want to giv'er. Quadding, as we call it, is a great way to have a splash. 

dusty roads

12. Roadtripping on dusty trails

There's a reason country tunes are always about dirt roads. They're romantic, lonesome and wild. We've got 'em in spades. 

Getting in 18 holes after dinner

13. Getting in 18 holes after dinner

Golf is suprisingly popular up here. The course shown above is in Norman Wells, at the cusp of the Arctic Circle. It won't get dark here until, like, September. Fore!

Shore lunches

14. Fresh-caught shore lunches

Om nom nom nom. The only thing better than landing a fish is frying in up on the waterfront. 

Having bonfires

15. Having bonfires

Because there's something totally primal about sitting around a campfire. 

Watching birds on their breeding grounds

16. Watching birds on their breeding grounds

Anyone who thinks the Arctic is dreary and dead doesn't know anything about birds. Each summer they flock up here by the gazillions, turning the landscape into a soaring, hooting, honking, flapping madhouse. It's remarkable to see. 

Flying in floatplanes

17. Flying in floatplanes

Flying in a small plane is cool. Landing on water? Even cooler. If we could pick just one vehicle to use for the rest of our life, it would be a floatplane

Driving around with your canoe on your car

18. Driving around with your kayak on your car

Who needs a home when you've got a car and a kayak? Adventure is at your fingertips. 

Attending outdoor cultural festivals

19. Attending outdoor cultural festivals

Friends, food and fun in the sun. Plus a muskrat. What could be better.  

Watching the snowline on the mountains recede

20. Watching the snowline on the mountains recede

Our alpine snowcaps are like the world's biggest clock, tracking the passage of summer. 


21. Picnicking in the wilderness

Especially when the picnic is at Canada's premier waterfall. 


22. RVing to the top of the world

Climb into your Winnebago. Point it north. Don't look back.

Going paddling any time of the day or night

23. Going paddling any time of the day or night

If you've never canoed at 3 a.m., you haven't lived. 

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