Flag of the Northwest Territories

Flag of the Northwest Territories


  • Area » 1,346,106 sq km (519,734 sq mi)
  • NWT borders Canada’s two other territories, Yukon to the west and Nunavut to the east, as well as three provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan to the south.
  • Victoria Island (Inuktitut: Kitlineq), which straddles the border between Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, is the eighth largest island in the world, and at 217,291 sq km (83,897 sq mi) in area, it is Canada’s second largest island after Baffin Island.


  • Gov’t » Spectacular NWT
  • NWT boasts nearly 20 territorial parks, and six national parks
  • Campsites in the Northwest Territories are generally open from May 15th to September 15th.
    • Those in NWT’s Western Arctic Region generally open in June.

National Parks

Territorial Parks


  • Tuktoyaktuk » on the Arctic Ocean. Connected to the rest of Canada by road.
    • July mean temperature is barely above 10 °C (50 °F)
    • Highway 10 (Inuvik–Tuktoyaktuk Highway), a 138-km gravel road, connects Tuktoyaktuk from Inuvik.
      • From Dawson City, Yukon, travellers take Yukon Highway 5 and Northwest Territories Highway 8, known together as the Dempster Highway to Inuvik.


  • Driving in the NWT allows visitors to appreciate the vastness of Canada’s northern boreal forest and provides many opportunities to see northern wildlife.
    • Keep an eye out for bison, bears, moose, lynx, and foxes.
  • Distances between gas stations and other services is significant. Plan ahead.
  • NWT Wilderness Survival Tips


  • Bear country. Don’t feed the wildlife.
  • Summer (June through August) visitors should travel with mosquito jackets and/or mosquito repellent, as an unexpected stop on the highway may result in a mosquito feeding frenzy.
  • Autumn (September through October) and spring (April and May) are lovely times of year to visit as the bugs are fewer and weather is less extreme, though much cooler. Intermittent snowfalls start end of October
  • When travelling in the winter (October through April), please remember that temperatures can be very cold (as low as -40℃) and it is very important to be prepared for unexpected stops. As well as your regular safety kit, be sure to pack warm outdoor clothes, matches and candles, and a very warm sleeping bag.


This page was updated June 14, 2023