Getting there & away
For air travelers, Edmonton is the main gateway to the NWT. First Air (800-267-1247; www.firstair.ca), Canadian North (800-661-1505; www.canadiannorth.com) and Air Canada (888-247-2262; www.aircanada.com) fly daily from there to Yellowknife, starting at around $600 return. Canadian North also flies from Edmonton to Hay River (about $670 return). Northwestern Air Lease (877-872-2216; www.nwal.ca) serves Fort Smith direct from Edmonton (around $1010 return).
From Whitehorse, Yukon, First Air flies to Yellowknife (about $1100 return, via Fort Simpson), while Air North (in Canada 867-668-2228, 800-661-0407, in USA 800-764-0407; www.flyairnorth.com) goes to Inuvik ($570 return).