The Northwest Territories of Canada include the regions of Dehcho, North Slave, Sahtu, South Slave and Inuvik. Their remote landscape encompasses forest, mountains, Arctic tundra and islands in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Dehcho’s Nahanni National Park Reserve centers around the canyons of the South Nahanni River and 90m-high Virginia Falls. The regional capital, Yellowknife, is on the north shore of Great Slave Lake.
Yellowknife’s Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre traces local history and culture. You can fish for trout and pike on Great Slave Lake. Dogsledding tours view the Northern Lights and visit First Nations villages, known for crafts such as soapstone carving. Kite-skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, canoeing, dogsledding and ice fishing are all popular activities. The northerly Canol Heritage Trail is more than 300 km long, and passes through the Mackenzie Mountains. The Our Lady of Victory church in subarctic Inuvik is an igloo-inspired building decorated with Inuit paintings.
Summer (Jun–Aug) has long, sunny days suited for canoeing, fishing, hiking and camping. Ice is off the lakes, allowing access by boat to remote areas. Summer is also peak season for biting insects, so insect repellent can be handy. Yellowknife is bustling with street performers and musicians during its Summer Solstice Festival (Jun). Inuvik’s Great Northern Arts Festival (Jul) showcases Arctic arts. The Northern Lights atmospheric phenomenon can be viewed Aug–Apr. Winters are long and cold, with snow and extreme temperatures.