Welcome to Northwest Territories
The Land of the Midnight Sun offers unique RVing experiences including driving across the Arctic Circle, waterfalls higher than Niagara and wood bison grazing by the roadside.
Soak up the spectacular marvels of the Mackenzie Delta, the Beaufort Coast and the Richardson Mountains. Drive the Dempster Highway, Canada's only highway to the Arctic. This is a memorable trip—456 miles through mountains and across tundra, crossing the Arctic Circle and three historic rivers—the Peel, Arctic Red and Mackenzie. At Inuvik, destination of the Dempster Highway, Aboriginal traditions are part of everyday life. Visit the Western Arctic Regional Visitor Centre to learn about the people, wildlife and landscapes. Inuvik has a fascinating church in the shape of an igloo and campgrounds with scenic vistas and hiking trails.
The Sahtu-Mackenzie Heartland has landscapes on a giant scale. The cultural heritage of the Sahtu Dene and Metis is preserved in small communities that welcome visitors. Travel back in time at Colville Lake where log buildings convey the spirit of the past. Stop at Deline on Great Bear Lake and visit with storytellers and artists or fish for trout. At Fort Good Hope, cruise the towering Ramparts on the Mackenzie River and visit the spectacular church completed 160 years ago. The story of early aviation and the development of oil in the Mackenzie Valley are told at Norman Wells.
Drive the Mackenzie Highway north from Alberta or the Liard Highway north from Fort Nelson, British Columbia. Twin Falls Territorial Park, near the Alberta border, features two spectacular waterfalls colored gold with the clays carried by the Hay River. Further west at Sambaa Deh Falls Territorial Park, one waterfall is visible from the highway and one is a short hike upriver. The highway continues north to Wrigley crossing the Liard River at Fort Simpson and the Mackenzie at N'dulee. Heading south on the Liard Highway, Blackstone Territorial Park provides scenic views of the Nahanni Mountains and the Liard River.
Nahanni National Park Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features towering mountains and tundra plains, badlands and hot springs and Virginia Falls, twice the height of Niagara. But Nahanni Country is more than the Park. There's Fort Simpson, a Mackenzie River town with a 200-year history and Nahanni Butte, at the mouth of the South Nahanni River. Hike the Ram Plateau, a blend of high grasslands and mile deep canyons. The starting point for Nahanni Country is Fort Simpson, on NWT Highway 1. Drive the Deh Cho Connection from Alberta or British Columbia. Access to Nahanni National Park Reserve is by charter aircraft only.
Featuring some of the oldest exposed rock in the world, studded with countless lakes and rivers, this is a paddler's paradise. From Yellowknife, the Ingraham Trail highway connects a dozen lakes and rivers with boat launches, canoe routes and territorial campgrounds.
Visitors can drive to Yellowknife on a paved highway from Alberta or a combination of paved and all-weather gravel from British Columbia.
Yellowknife is a natural highlight of a northern travel itinerary. The capital city offers Northern art and recreation opportunities. Visit the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre and the unique snow house shaped Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly. Tours include insight into the territorial consensus system of government. Shop for art and for Canadian Arctic Diamonds, mined less than 200 miles away. Dine on catch of the day from Great Slave Lake or muskox, buffalo burgers, or Baffin shrimp. The highway from northern Alberta is paved to Yellowknife and features parks, waterfalls and wildlife along the way.
Great Slave Gateway
Great Slave Lake is the second largest lake within Canada. Sandy beaches stretch for miles on the south shore. Far from the ocean, Hay River is an Arctic port where tugs and barges prepare for the long trip down the Mackenzie River and along the Arctic coast. Take a boat tour of the harbor and shipyards on the Hay River. Drive east to the Slave River delta. Along this route are sandy beaches, great fishing and campgrounds.
Highway 2 connects to NWT Highway 1 and provides road links to Hay River from Alberta.
Wood Buffalo Country
A northern world all its own, Wood Buffalo National Park is an enormous Boreal wilderness set aside to protect free-roaming wood buffalo, the largest land mammal in North America. Wood
Buffalo also includes salt flats. The bedrock water brings dissolved salt to the surface forming mounds up to 6.5 feet high. These natural features, together with a large inland delta and the only remaining nesting ground of the endangered whooping crane, led to the park being named a World Heritage Site. The park and its visitor reception center can be accessed with an all-weather road access via Fort Smith.
Drive to Fort Smith on Northwest Territories Highway 5, a 170-mile drive from Hay River through the northern third of Wood Buffalo Park, with several scenic stops along the way.