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The Northwest Territories are home to nature's greatest light show — the Aurora Borealis — that is especially dramatic each autumn and winter in the area north of Yellowknife, the province's largest city, where there's up to 20 hours of darkness in mid-winter. The best way to get around in winter is by dogsled, cross country skis or snowmobile. In summer, there are picture-postcard country drives and pristine lakes and rivers to canoe, whitewater raft and fish. From quiet forests in the south to the barren Arctic landscape of the north, this is a land where animals including caribou, wolf and bear outnumber the people. Most of the ...

The Northwest Territories are home to nature's greatest light show — the Aurora Borealis — that is especially dramatic each autumn and winter in the area north of Yellowknife, the province's largest city, where there's up to 20 hours of darkness in mid-winter. The best way to get around in winter is by dogsled, cross country skis or snowmobile. In summer, there are picture-postcard country drives and pristine lakes and rivers to canoe, whitewater raft and fish. From quiet forests in the south to the barren Arctic landscape of the north, this is a land where animals including caribou, wolf and bear outnumber the people. Most of the inhabitants are Native Peoples, with a heritage of hospitality, and artistry, such as the birch bark baskets that are a specialty of the Deh Cho and the carvings of the Western Arctic communities.

Evelyn Kanter
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Evelyn Kanter is a contributor to Fodor's NYC and Fodor's Canada, editor of the Michelin Green Guide Switzerland, and author of Great Destinations: The Hudson Valley.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Northern Canada, the Northwest Territories are bordered by Canada's two other territories, Nunavut to the east and Yukon to the west, and by the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan to the south.
  • Language: English, Dogrib, South Slavey, French, Others
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Northwest Territories | Northwest Territories
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight