Attractions

Top Choice Waterfall in Nahanni National Park Reserve

Virginia Falls

Yes, there is a higher set of falls in British Columbia, but for the sheer gushing power of two mighty torrents of water, falling from a height of 96m (twice the height of Niagara Falls), and for the remote, spectac…
Top Choice Museum in Yellowknife

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

Acting as NWT's historical and cultural archive, this well-laid-out museum overlooks Frame Lake. Expertly assembled displays address natural history, European exploration, Northern aviation, diamond mining and, espe…
Top Choice Hill in Tuktoyaktuk

Pingo Canadian Landmark

The Tuk Peninsula has the world's highest concentration of pingos. Some 1350 of these huge mounds of earth-covered ice, that form only in a permafrost environment, dot the land. Two of these, nearest to Tuktoyaktuk,…
Top Choice River in Fort Smith

Pelican Rapids

Twelve kilometers south of Fort Smith, an old roadway leads east towards the river, with a footpath dipping down to a creek and ascending a bluff overlooking the tumultuous river. There are not that many pelicans he…
Top Choice River in Fort Smith

Rapids of the Drowned

Named after a fatal 19th-century boat accident, these turbulent rapids are the northernmost pelican nesting site in the world. Walk ten minutes from the top of Portage St to observe the birds snatching fish out of t…
National Park in Banks Island

Aulavik National Park

This seldom visited park has the world's largest concentration of musk ox, as well as tundra and archaeological sites. This is true Arctic wilderness, with zero infrastructure. Contact Parks Canada in Inuvik for det…
Lake in Nahanni National Park Reserve

Glacier Lake

Flanked by the Britnell Glacier in the northwest reaches of the park, this spectacular lake is surrounded by the granite mountains of the Ragged Range and is the gateway to the climbers' mecca known as the Cirque of…
Notable Building in Yellowknife

Legislative Assembly

In the impressive, igloo-shaped Legislative Assembly, you can learn about the territory's aboriginal-style government by joining a free hour-long tour. There's excellent Northern art throughout, you get to peek into…
Museum in Fort Smith

Northern Life Museum

This museum has intriguing displays on local history, from the first Dene arrivals 10,000 years ago to the founding of the 19th-century fur-trapping post. Look out for the re-created fur-trapper home and store, plus…
Notable Building in Yellowknife

NWT Diamond Centre

Not just a place to buy your diamond bling, this gallery provides a good overview of diamond mining in Canada's frigid north. The accompanying video explains the difference between different diamond types and why th…