Northwest Territories

Overview

Introduction

The Northwest Territories is one of the world's last great frontiers. Covering 450,000 sq mi/1.17 million sq km of the Canadian north, it is one of the wildest and most inhospitable parts of North America. Hunting and fishing are not just recreational pursuits there: For some people, they are the means of survival. Until 50 years ago, they were practically the only means of survival, and though mining and tourism have replaced subsistence hunting for many, the proximity to wilderness is a constant reminder that this is still a very raw land.

Not surprisingly, excellent hunting and fishing in the territories are big reasons that outsiders visit. You certainly don't have to be a hunter or angler to appreciate these lands, however. Many people go to watch the wildlife, to walk about in the wilderness scenery or to gain an understanding of the tribal cultures. An easy way to take advantage of the outdoors is in the beautiful parks.

No matter what your intentions, you'll have a hard time escaping the visceral nature of life in the far north. This part of the country is not a good choice for the casual sightseer, but those who are looking for a bit of adventure—or a lot of it—will find the Northwest Territories unforgettable.

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