Aulavik National Park Aulavik is our northernmost park, reaching across the pristine, wide-open lowlands of Banks Island. It’s famous for two things: the Thomsen River and muskoxen. The Thomsen, calm and crystal-clear, slides through this...
Tramping trails less travelled
Day Hikes: Trails in and around our larger communities are often marked and signed. They lead to favorite picnic spots, often by a lake, with a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape. For information on trails in and around our communities ask at a visitor center or at a community or band office. It's always a good idea to let someone know your plans and when you'll be back. There’s excellent walking in and around Hay River, Inuvik, Norman Wells, Fort Simpson, Fort Smith and Yellowknife.
Backpacking: We can guarantee a challenge, backpacking in the Northwest Territories. Spectacular hiking is available above the treeline in the Mackenzie Mountains, on the Canol Heritage Trail, the Ram Plateau or elsewhere in one of our national parks. Logistical support is highly recommended – often the only access is by fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter. For suggestions, contact one of our mountain outfitters or one of the national parks. Plan on an outing lasting five to ten days, and plan well in advance – help is usually a very long way away.
Climbing: For experienced climbers, the Cirque of the Unclimbables is one of North America’s top ten. Remote and demanding, the Lotus Flower Tower in the Cirque, in Nahanni National Park Reserve, and the Vampire Tower, are unique and spectacular climbing faces. There are no services. You’ll be dropped off by aircraft or helicopter at the start of your climb and you'll need to ensure a pick up back to your starting point.