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Follow your own trail
With so much wilderness to explore, it's no wonder hikers flock to the NWT. Trails range from easy loops around lakes in the city, to day excursions just outside of town, to multi-week bucketlist treks in the backcountry. You're sure to find a hike that suits your needs and level of adventure.
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.