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Norman Wells/Canada

Introducing Norman Wells

For the NWT, this historic oil town is a rare bird – a non-aboriginal settlement springing from the boreal frontier, halfway between Fort Simpson and Inuvik. The community itself is mainly of interest to hikers keen on the Canol Heritage Trail. Other than by the trail, the town is only reachable by plane or boat.

Clearly a labor of love, the Norman Wells Historical Centre is a mini-museum showcasing regional history, geology, arts and crafts, and information on the rivers and the Canol Heritage Trail. There's a pretty cool giftshop too.