Robyn McVicker visited the NWT on what she thought would be just another business trip –but she was “completely blown away.”

Robyn Slideshow

Breathtaking scenery combined with a spiritual and cultural experience, Paul’s trip went “way beyond awesome.”

Paul Slideshow

A land full of deep traditions and rich cultures: a journalist finds an array of art, artists and warm hearts at Inuvik’s Great Northern Arts Festival.

Diane's story

A young angler finds a breathtaking world where record-breaking trout school like sunfish.

Andrew Bunker

Hiking Through History and Scenic Splendour: A University of Toronto chancellor takes on the Canol Heritage Trail.

Wendy Cecil

Flying With Buffalo Joe: an Australian aviation expert gets hands-on experience in the northern skies.

Aleks goes down the Mountain River on an adventure full of thrills, challenges – and incredible beauty.

Aleks Slideshow

Like a surfer hunting the perfect wave, Kristen can't stop coming back to see the Northern Lights.

Kristen Slideshow

Randy found natural beauty on a different order of magnitude on the Nahanni River.

Randy Slideshow

Daniela traveled a long way to see colours in the sky that felt like she could reach out and touch them.

Daniela Slideshow

Talk North!

If you are part of the lucky group who have visited the Northwest Territories, we encourage you to share your photos, video or stories with others who are planning an NWT adventure. Post your experiences to the Northwest Territories Facebook page.

Have you ever looked out your tent to see 100 caribou running by? I have … What are you waiting for?
"…We looked back and this herd of Buffalo appeared as if by magic out on the plains...."
The golds and blues of the NWT during the spectacular fall season. Photo by Wan Li.

Visit the NWT

Even if you have never been to the Northwest Territories, you can still explore it through our main website.

The Prize.

Our Spectacular Grand Prize, the NWT Bucket List Tour, is a nine-day luxury guided coach tour for two highlighting the best the NWT has to offer. It’s an $11,000 value – but more than that, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And one sure to provide the winning storyteller with even more spectacular tales to tell!

You’ll explore the rugged natural wonder of the Northwest Territories in total comfort, travelling in a 14-passenger luxury coach. The tour can be enjoyed at any level of physical activity, and you’ll have an experienced guide with you at all times. You’ll get the most out of a wide variety of peak experiences, including boat tours, golfing, hiking, culinary and city tours – and soaring over Nahanni National Park’s majestic Virginia Falls (twice the height of Niagara Falls) in a Twin Otter bush plane!

Day one
Fly from your home city to Yellowknife. Meet and greet at a choice hotel.
Day two
Full city tour of Yellowknife. Visit the famous Buffalo Air hangar, and fly the historic DC 3 aircraft with an ice pilot to Hay River.
Day three
Spend the day exploring Hay River. Dip your toes in Great Slave Lake, visit the Katlodeeche First Nations and discover the historic west channel.
Day four
An early departure to Wood Buffalo National Park. Visit Angus Tower, the site of a very large sinkhole. This region is excellent for wildlife viewing and offers an optional hike to the Salt Plains.
Day five
Tour Fort Smith, followed by a trip to Louise and Alexander Falls. Then, after enjoying dinner in Enterprise, carry on visiting Kakisa and overnight in Fort Providence.
Day six
Spend the morning exploring Fort Providence, and travel the highway to view the largest land mammals in North America, the bison. In the afternoon, head to Fort Simpson.
Day seven
This is the highlight of the trip. You board a twin otter bush plane and tour the legendary Nanhanni National Park. Flying to the majestic Virginia Falls (twice the height of Niagara Falls), you’ll land on the Nahanni River and take an easy hike to a spectacular viewpoint. You’ll then fly over to Little Doctor Lake and relax on this glacier lake.
Day eight
Start day eight with a tour from Shehtah Adventures and travel the region by boat, including a fresh fish shore lunch.
Day nine
The itinerary closes with a full community tour of Fort Simpson and an afternoon flight back to Yellowknife.

Northwest Territories: the Land of Stories

Travel in the Northwest Territories is surprisingly easy and affordable, thanks to the resources and information provided by MySpectacularNWT. From hiking or hunting in the swooping Mackenzie Mountains to canoeing or trekking the unforgettably austere beauty of the Barrenlands, the NWT offers travel experiences you’ll talk about for the rest of your life.


Get your own story! Visit us for all the information you need to plan your Spectacular NWT Adventure.