When traffic grinds to a halt in the Northwest Territories, don't blame congestion or roadwork. Usually, wildlife has overtaken the highway. But motorists barely notice the hold-up: their minds are reeling in awe.
Indeed, here in the Far North, animals commonly saunter down the centerline, unbothered by the schedules of humankind. After all, it is they, not us, who are in control here.
It's likely that your Northern roadtrip will be stalled at least once – by a barricade of bison, or a brood of curious bear cubs, or a vast herd of caribou heading nowhere fast.
Travel with your camera on the dash and you're nearly certain to capture unforgettable images of these wild fellow travellers. Here's what to look for, where, and when: