Out There Northwest Territories & Nunavut  
Magnificent mountains, rivers raging through vertical canyons, glacier cut valleys so vast they can take days to cross. This is Canada's north. Now comprised of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, this is a fascinating region from both a cultural and natural perspective.
On April 1, 1999, an inaugural ceremony took place to celebrate the birth of the Territory of Nunavut. The Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada has provided an information sheet (version français) with details on this event and on the creation of this new territory.
Within these rugged barrens, huge herds of caribou, freely roaming wood bison mix with the majestic musk oxen. All of these have played a significant roll in the history and culture of the native peoples.
If you're interest is wildlife, the opportunities here are world class. Canada's north has some of the world's largest and busiest wildlife conservation areas. There are more than twelve Migratory Bird Sanctuaries and remarkably, five Ramsar Sites. Water fowl and shore birds descend on these areas by the millions. Cranes, pelicans, arctic terns, murres, snow geese, loons, swans,  
Tanquery Fjiord in Ellesmere Island National Park Reserve
Photo coutesy Parks Canada
and innumerable species of duck may all be easily observed.
The arctic wolf and fox can often be seen in the flatlands while the mountains may reward you with a view of the Dall sheep, eagles, falcons or maybe even a grizzly bear.
Many sections of the coast team with wildlife, particularly with bearded seals. Where the seals congregate you're sure to find polar bears either actively hunting or patiently waiting for freeze up. Whales are often observed just off shore.
Caribou are adapted to their northern environment with hooves designed for winter walking and, like the polar bear, they have hollow fur which acts as extra insulation for warmth and for the polar bear, adds buoyancy in the water.
Pangnirtung, Photo courtesy Parks Canada
  Hikers and backpackers will find endless opportunities in the Mackenzie Mountains outside Yellowknife. Remember in the north, hiking more often than not, requires route finding and well honed survival skills. The Canol Heritage Trail is a good example offering some of the most challenging hiking on the continent.
A hauntingly beautiful area rich in historical relevance, it requires good planning and outdoor skills. The wildlife, and the spectacular valley views, will be your reward if you accept the challenge.

Auyuittuq National park is world renowned for its climbing routes. The continuous daylight of June and July make those months ideal for climbing.

Mountain biking is just another one of the many ways to explore the north. If you looking for developed trails you can enjoy some of the 50 km of trails in Wood Buffalo National Park or take a stretch of the famous Canole trail that can take you from Norman Wells in NWT to Macmillan Pass at the edge of the Yukon.

As you might expect, winter sports are well represented in the north, with skiing and snowshoeing opportunities abounding. Cross country ski trails can be found in many communities including Fort Smith, Hay River and Yellowknife. Auyuittuq National park on Baffin Island is a world renown destination for ski touring in the spring. Dog sledding, a skill almost lost with the advent of the ski-doo, is having a major resurgence. Excursions are available which can be tailored to your every need and desire. This will allow you to either relax and enjoy the passing scenery or actively participate, by driving your own team. The spectacular dance of the northern lights will no doubt accompany on your journey and become the highlight of your evenings, leaving you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

If canoeing , kayaking or rafting are what you're after, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories have some of the best in North America. The rivers come in all degrees of difficulty. The Slave, Coppermine, the Thelon, the Nahanni and the mighty Mackenzie which stretches from Yellow Knife to the Beaufort Sea, offer endless possibilities which attract paddlers from all over the world. The newly designated Aulavik National park is represented by the Thompson. The Thelon Game Sanctuary can best be seen on a river trip through its heart on the Thelon River.

Canada's north is becoming more accessible through air travel, making it a very popular destination for people seeking ultimate adventure and to see and appreciate the truly wild and naturally beautiful places that only the far north have to offer.

Adventure Sports In the Northwest and Nunavut Territories
Backpacking   Camping   Canoeing
Cycling   Hiking   Mountain Biking
Sea Kayaking      


Visiting from outside Canada: Depending on your country of origin you may have little to understand or adapt to when you visit Canada. On the other hand many of Canada's customs, its commerce and cultural may be very new to some you. We have put together a list of helpful information to assist you in your planning and later when you have reached your destination.


  Buy NWT & Nunavut Books Online
  Information sheet
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