In Nahanni National Park Reserve, there’s no spot so celebrated as Virginia Falls, home to a historic portage trail, 300-million-year-old fossils, the Sluicebox Rapids, and of course the stunning waterfall. Twice as high as Niagara, Virginia Falls are the must see destination in Canada's Northwest Territories.
Less-travelled than Hidden Lake Territorial Park, which lies further downstream on the Cameron River, the Cameron River Crossing Known traditionally as Tinde’e, Tu Nedhé, and Tucho, among other names, the body of water today called Great Slave Lake is the second-largest in the Northwest Territories (after Great Bear Lake), the deepest lake in North America and the tenth-largest lake in the world. It covers an area of over 27,000 square kilometres and at some points is over 600 metres deep.
The most northern commercial and community greenhouse in North America, and the largest of its kind in the world with over 16,000 square feet of space in an old hockey arena. Scheduled tours available June-September. Contact the greenhouse for tours and gift shop purchases outside of the regular times.
The closest thing to whitewater on the mighty Mackenzie River, this fast-flowing section occurs a few kilometres upstream from Fort Good Hope where the river is choked between 40-metre-high limestone cliffs.
Foot bridges over streams and gullies on town walking trails are constructed of huge driftwood logs from southern forests. The logs, salvaged along the Mackenzie River, are woven into the supports for some unique and attractive bridges designed by local resident and outfitter Rick Muyers.
On the shores of Frame Lake in front of City Hall, this grassy park is Yellowknife's favourite gathering place. In summer, musical performances are common at the waterfront ampitheatre, and various attractions – the museum, the visitor centre, Firewood Studio, a towering drum-dance sculpture, etc. – are close by.
One of the most diverse, historic, offbeat neighborhoods in Canada, Old Town is the beating heart of Yellowknife. Here, where the Precambrian Shield blends into the Great Slave Lake. Gold seekers approximately 80 years ago pioneered what was to become the North's greatest settlement. Today the area is an intriguing mash-up of log cabins, mansions, houseboats, float planes, art galleries, famous restaurants, monuments and more. Guides to Old Town's historic sites are available from the Northern Frontier Visitor Center.
Yellowknife's most popular lookout rises high above Old Town, providing a stupendous view over Great Slave Lake, Back Bay and the northern reaches of the city. The monument rests atop “The Rock”—a six-storey hill where the town’s original water tower once stood—and is accessed via a winding wooden staircase.
Perched on a pillar near the entrance to town, the yellow and blue Bristol Freighter airplane greets visitors to Yellowknife, reminding them of the region's vital aviation history. Bush planes such as this one fed the development of the town, bringing people and supplies before Yellowknife was connected to the outside world by road. The Bristol Freighter itself was the first wheeled plane to touch down at the North Pole before being retired in 1968. Around the freighter you'll find trails, picnic tables and interpretive signage.
Built with sawn drift logs covered with sod clumps for insulation, this popular visitor attraction is a recreation of a traditional Inuvialuit dwelling.