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Unique Lifestyles

Home to a diverse range of cultural activities and adventure!

The Northwest Territories is small in population - but big in land. With a wealth of nature and space, it's no surprise that the area is great for year-long outdoor adventure.

Northern Activities

The Northwest Territories is home to a wide range of weather and activities. The warm Northern summers are our best kept secret. The days are long - in fact, in some communities the sun doesn't set for weeks. Given the long summer days, the abundance of natural, unspoiled land, and hundreds of lakes and rivers, the North is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts.

Summer activities include:

  • Camping
  • Canoeing and boating
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Sporting activities such as baseball, soccer and golf

During the winter, pure snow and wilderness reach as far as the eye can see. Viewing the famous Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, add wonder to the plethora of winter activities, which include:

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Hunting
  • Skating
  • Snowmobiling
  • Ice fishing
  • Ice hockey
  • Dog sledding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Indoor sport leagues, such as volleyball, hockey, badminton, gymnastics, and squash
  • Community theatre

The winter months can also bring upon cold weather by Canadian standards. Below is a chart of average monthly temperatures for some of the communities.

Average Temperatures in degrees Celsius
(over a 40 - 50 year period)

Cultural Activities

Many communities celebrate with carnivals and events throughout the year that offer outdoor games, contests and fun for the family. Some of the North’s cultural and festival events include:

Fort Smith:

  • South Slave Friendship Festival (August)

Hay River:

  • Kamba Carnival (March)
  • Heritage Days (June)

Inuvik:

  • Sunrise Festival (January)
  • Muskrat Jamboree (Spring)
  • Midnight Madness (June)
  • Great Northern Arts Festival (July)

Yellowknife:

  • Snow King Winter Festival (March)
  • Long John Jamboree (March)
  • Folk on the Rocks (July)
  • Midnight Sun Golf Tournament (June)
  • Festival of the Midnight Sun (July)