Please note that several NWT communities are still under evacuation alerts or orders due to the wildfire situation: see more information about the affected communities.
Where to Get the Lowdown
A friendly face, a wealth of knowledge and a cup of coffee: that's what you can expect from the NWT's visitor centres.
Stop in to get the lowdown on the weather, road conditions and what's happening locally at visitor information centres located in key points along our highways - or at the year-round centres in Yellowknife, Hay River and Norman Wells.
On Highway 1, there's the 60th Parallel Visitor Centre, with a campground nearby. Hay River offers travel information year round at the Hay River Visitor Centre. Fort Simpson's Visitor Centre includes a display of regional history. The Blackstone Visitor Centre on Highway 7 is located at a campground, and features regional history. Visitor information is available in Fort Liard at Acho Dene Arts and Crafts.
On the Dempster Highway, there's a visitor centre in Dawson City that will provide you with everything you need to know when you head up the Dempster, towards the Mackenzie Delta. There's an interpretive centre along the way at Nitainlaii near Fort McPherson, and the Western Arctic Regional Visitor Centre in Inuvik, which combines a unique regional display and helpful information.
In Yellowknife, the visitor centre is open all year. Friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to suggest activities in and around the city. In Norman Wells, the Norman Wells Historical Society will provide regional information at their Canol Heritage centre year-round. In Hay River, the visitor centre is open year round. Make this one of your first stops when you arrive in this beautiful community.