Northwest Territories Road Trip

Northwest TerritoriesWe've added three new pages to GoNanaimo.com to share a few of the photos we took in Canada's Northwest Territories last summer. The Road to Yellowknife chronicles our drive from Fort Nelson, British Columbia to Fort Simpson on the Mackenzie River. The gravel road was dusty but quite manageable in our little Honda Civic. The Mackenzie Highway then took us east past the spectacular waterfalls of Sambaa Deh Territorial Park to Kakisa and Enterprise where more amazing waterfalls were waiting. A new page in my “Unknown Sights of Canada” series describes the The Waterfalls Route.

Yellowknife, capital of the Northwest Territories, is a brusque frontier city sitting atop the Canadian Shield. Some quarters of the city are remarkably picturesque, and the area had a gold rush which is far less publicized than the Klondike gold rush in Yukon. Today the buzz in the north is diamonds and Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. has a Yellowknife showroom which tells visitors what is going on. We enjoyed gazing across Great Slave Lake from the north at Yellowknife and from the south at Hay River.

The Northwest Territories may be mostly wilderness but it certainly isn't uninhabited. Our new photo page Northwest Territories Nature introduces some of the birds, animals and plants we encountered along the way. Several herds of wood buffalo were waiting by the roadside in the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary north of Fort Providence. We saw additional herds in Wood Buffalo National Park on the way to Fort Smith and spent hours observing the flocks of pelicans at the Slave River rapids. During our brief visit we could only sample a small part of all there is to see and do in the Northwest Territories. It's another of the many wonders of this great land of ours.

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