Western Arctic

The Arctic is a land of icons:

Polar bears. Reindeer. Treeless tundra, sprawling to infinity. High Arctic islands, reaching toward the pole. Beluga. Muskoxen. An ocean, frozen in place, gleaming in the nightless spring. It’s all here, along with the people who call it home – the Gwich’in and Inuvialuit, who’ve thrived here for eons along the mouth of the Mackenzie River and the flanks of the Northwest Passage. 

The Western Arctic is remote, but getting here is half the fun: The Dempster Highway unfurls over the mountains from Dawson City, Yukon, making it the northernmost drive in Canada. Once here, the options are limitless: Explore bustling Inuvik, built in the 1950s like a space-base in the Far North. Boat through the maze-like Delta, rife with rare birds and beasts. See two national parks: Aulavik and Tuktut Nogait. And visit a medley of idyllic villages, from friendly Fort McPherson to Ulukhaktok, site of the farthest-north golf tournament on Earth. 

 

Our Stories

Intriguing tales from Canada's Northwest Territories

The Dempster Highway is the most fun you can have while sitting down. 

Tuktut Nogait is an unsung Eden, with fewer visitors per decade than Banff sees every...

The North abounds with national parks. Which is right for you? 

Why the best way to see the Arctic is from just above water ....

Way up at the top of the map is a polar paradise, packed with muskox and the perfect Arctic...

Cloudworks provides both short and long term, turn-key apartment suites located in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Our suites are large and comfortable, within walking distance of many city amenities and include a fully stocked kitchen and in-suite laundry...

Swim at Long Lake’s sandy beach. Camp, picnic, canoe or enjoy the amenities and attractions of nearby Yellowknife. Hike the four-kilometre Prospector’s Trail, highlighting the gold-bearing geology of the area. Or follow the Jackfish and Frame Lake trail system, leading...

Located on Vale Island in Hay River, (follow the signs; it’s about 10 kilometres past the information centre), this park offers fantastic swimming on the sandy shores of Great Slave Lake, unique views of barges and fishing vessels plying the waters, and great...

Midway between Fort Simpson and Fort Liard on the Liard Trail, Blackstone Territorial Park boasts stunning mountain views and a prime location on the Liard River, downstream from its confluence with the South Nahanni. This is an excellent starting...

This popular park and campground are located at the junction of Highway 1 and the Trout River (Sambaa Deh in the Slavey language). The river was a traditional transportation route before and during the fur trade. The falls forced travellers to portage around...

Located in the heart of Inuvik, this park offers 19 powered and eight non-powered sites, and convenient access to the town’s attractions. The park is situated on a bluff overlooking the east branch of the Mackenzie River, with a view of the Richardson Mountains....

Just outside Inuvik, this park features an observation tower with excellent views of the surrounding scenery and prime bird-watching. Watch for falcons, eagles and ducks, our summer residents. There is an abundance of cranberries, blueberries and cloudberries that...

This park is perched on a cliff overlooking the Peel River and surrounded by stands of white birch and white spruce trees. It's an ideal place to unwind for a few nights on the long journey up or down the Dempster. The visitor centre offers a fascinating glimpse of the...

On the banks of the Mackenzie River in Norman Wells, MacKinnon Territorial Park offers a great view of the Mackenzie Mountains and is a perfect stop for river-trippers. There are eight non-powered campsites, washrooms, firewood, a picnic area and a playground.

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Experience Yellowknife’s rural wilderness beauty in comfort at Country Cabins. Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking and Aurora viewing are all readily accessible from our location at Prelude Lake. Prelude Lake is also a great starting point for those wishing...

A bustling little restaurant in Old Town, Bullock's Bistro is known for serving fish fresh from Great Slave Lake. We offer "Yesterday's news and Today's Fish and Chips." Enjoy our informal atmosphere in a Heritage Building from 1936.

Looking for some unique arts and crafts on your visit to Tuk? Look no further!  Open daily: 10am-5pm  Can't make it during these hours? Give us a call for after hours appointments or for tour groups at (867) 977-2118 or (867) 620-1960. We...