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Up here in the Northwest Territories we get a whole pile of visitors, but most just skim the surface.
That's not a problem: After all, even our conventional touristy stuff is tons of fun. But if you're looking to really experience this place – to drink it down, to live it up, to be it – there are certain specific experiences you just can't miss.
Here's 17 ways to do the North to the fullest.
... by which we mean muskoxen, caribou, moose and bison. They're all on view in the Northwest Territories, providing a sort of polar safari.
Because any fish smaller is what we call "bait."
(Extra points if it's a ski-plane.)
Nope, riding in the basket doesn't count.
... or better yet, gone beyond the end of the road, by foot, canoe, skidoo, whatever.
In the super-cool winter of the Northwest Territories, a coating of ice, called "hoarfrost," accumulates on every chilly surface, glazing your skiing route in glory.
Up here, the lakes are like freshwater oceans, giving you plenty of space to float your boat. Make the most of it.
Oh yeah, the elusive purple lights. It only does this during the most rockin' auroral storms.
In the North's small towns, old fashioned paddling races are a feature of summer celebrations. Jump into a boat and join in.
Camp here and you'll enjoy the best sleep ever – we guarantee.
Steady now – this isn't the place for a swim.
It's the weirdest thing: The sun is getting lower, lower ... wait, now it's rising again. No night. Just an endless dance of brilliance in the sky.
In the Northwest Territories, parkas aren't for fashion. They're like space suits, allowing you to thrive in our vigorous interstellar cold.
In Yellowknife's Old Town, the North's most famous lane is as wild and wooly as its name implies.
Odd machines prowl the North, rolling through landscapes no car could endure. This amphibious vehicle transports tourists to a remote fishing lodge.
This is the Arctic Circle, on the Dempster Highway. Believe us, lunch tastes better at the top of the world.