The Fish Are Waiting

It’s every fishers' fantasy. 

Whether you plan to fly fish for Grayling or Pike, troll for Trout, ice fish, or just cast a spoon from shore, you’re sure to catch a fish in the Northwest Territories. Our rivers and lakes are famous for their abundance and the eagerness of our Pike, Trout and Char to take a lure. 

Go home with a great fish story. It might be about the 12-pounder that gave a spirited fight, or the 46-incher that was released to fight again. Or your story might include relaxing on a sun-baked rock and watching the wildlife while a guide prepares a super shore lunch with fish fresh from the lake.  

Family fare

More and more anglers are bringing the family along on their Northwest Territories fishing trip.  Our lodges and camps offer activities for everyone – husbands and wives, kids and great-grandparents, you name it. There are trails around camp where wildlife can be spotted. Canoeing and kayaking are popular with those who prefer time off from fishing. Some locations are close to historic or cultural sites, and Inuvialuit or Dene Elders might be on hand to introduce traditional lifestyles. Guided photo safaris and Northern cooking classes are on offer.

Authentic wilderness

Savour some of the last untamed wilderness in North America.  More than two and half times larger than California, the Northwest Territories has landscapes to suit every taste. There are immense river valleys, quiet streams, and hundreds of lakes with and without names. It's a land "blessed with water," according to the Globe and Mail newspaper.

Fishing outfitters specialize in introducing you to our unspoiled wilderness, to our wildlife, and to our spectacular fishing. Along the shore, you’ll see and hear birds from all over North and South America. You might catch sight of a herd of muskox roaming the tundra, or a lone wolf tracking its prey. Curious foxes peek from the underbrush while eagles demonstrate how to catch dinner.




Our Stories

Intriguing tales from Canada's Northwest Territories

A road-trippers’ tour of three great territorial campgrounds.

'We plan on going back many, many more years. It’s the perfect place.'

Flying in floatplanes. Riding on car ferries. And – yes, skinnydipping. 

Exploring the watery wonders of “The Land of the Ancestors.” 

Hint: #6 stretches more than 2,000 feet.

The North's most colourful neighbourhood bobs on the waves of Great Slave Lake, just offshore of Old Town. Rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore this floating community – or bunk down at the houseboat bed-and-breakfast. 

Enjoy the spectacular shoreline of Campbell Lake, try your luck fishing, hike in search of unique rocks and fossils, or hit the beach for a swim above the Arctic Circle. There are just a few of the options available at Gwich'in Territorial Campground, about 30...

For a pretty little hike through classic Northern shield-country, drive 45 kilometres east of Yellowknife to the Cameron Falls Trail. The path twists through evergreen forests, across boardwalks and over undulating outcrops until, 20 minutes later, you...

A must-see attraction on highway 1 from Fort Providence to Fort Simpson, the Sambaa Deh Gorge gapes where the Trout River slices through thick spruce woodlands not far from the community of Jean Marie River. Most visitors photograph the...

So perfect it seems planned, this road-accessible cascade is just outside the little village of Kakisa. It occurs where the Kakisa River jumps off an ancient coral reef, forming a crescent-shaped, 17-metre-high curtain of spray.

Great Bear Lake Sahtu is the Dene name for gigantic Great Bear Lake. It means "bear waters," and might refer to the presence of barrenland grizzlies on the lake's eastern shores. Great Bear Lake is among the planet's largest bodies of fresh water, with a...