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.
If your ideal road trip involves chasing waterfalls then the Wood Buffalo Waterfall Route is the drive for you.
This route features numerous waterfalls, ranging from small and charming to large and spectacular, as well as numerous rivers and lakes. The powerful roar of a waterfall embodies everything timeless and enduring about the North's spectacular landscapes. It's also a chance to visit the salt plains and spot Bison grazing in Wood Buffalo National Park.
When crossing the 60th parallel from the Alberta/Northwest Territories border, commemorate the beginning of your journey and make sure to ask for your "North of 60" certificate. Few people travel this far North, and your journey has just begun. Of Interest along the route are communities such as Enterprise, a small Hamlet; Hay River, known as the 'Hub of the North'; Fort Resolution for a taste of northern history and insight into the Dene way of life; and Fort Smith for golfing and white water rafting or kayaking on the Slave River Rapids.
These communities are bustling in their own ways, with countless opportunities to visit galleries, eat local food, and explore the surrounding landscapes, and attractions
While in the southern region of the territory, your journey has to include a visit to Wood Buffalo National Park in Fort Smith. Canada's largest national park and one of the largest in the world. So large in fact, that the park covers more land than 105 countries across the world - this means Wood Buffalo National Park offers endless hiking possibilities and room to enjoy its beauty and serenity. A perfect example of what is so alluring about the NWT.