Best Things To Do In The Northwest Territories – Canada Road Trip Travel Documentary


We’re in the Northwest Territories, our
9th stop during our 150-day road trip across Canada. Covering over one million
square kilometres with a population of a small town, the Northwest Territories is
about as wild as it gets! With boreal forest, arctic tundra, some of Canada’s best waterfalls, a vibrant Aboriginal culture, and boundless wilderness, the Northwest Territories is an adventurer’s paradise. We started our visit in Yellowknife, the
Northwest Territories’ capital city. Here, we toured the Prince of Wales Northern
Heritage Center, where we learned about the territories’ rich Aboriginal culture, the
infamous story of the Mad Trapper, the territories’ wildlife and ecology, and the history of the Mooseskin Boat. An incredible work of human ingenuity! Afterwards we tried some delicious local food and then walked up to the Bush Pilots Monument for incredible views over Yellowknife and the surrounding area. Next on the adventure was taking a float plane to Yellow Dod Lodge, which is located between two beautiful lakes. This was our first time on a float plane and
it was incredible to look down at all the wild scenery before landing on Graham
Lake for three nights of secluded paradise. As soon as were arrived, we jumped
in a boat and went fishing for lake trout and it didn’t take us long to
catch our dinner. In fact, I caught my first fish. It was so
exciting to feel the fight of the fish but I was so surprised by how hard it
was to reel in . Our days were filled exploring the lakes, fishing, hiking to beautiful lookout points and jumping into the lake. And our nights were
equally incredible! We went to a secluded island and sat next to a campfire while
mingling with our new friends from around the world . We also spent some time in a hot tub heated by wood fire while relaxing under the stars . But perhaps our most memorable experience was being able to spend the night on a floating barge. Powered by a motor, we drove the boat to a calm bay, anchored down and spent the night alone in wilderness surrounded by complete silence. An experience we’ll never forget! The next morning we flew back to Yellowknife and made our way to Alexandra Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the Northwest Territories. It was amazing to stand right on the edge of the waterfall and watch the water drop 32 meters below us. Then, not too far downstream was Louise Falls, another incredible waterfall with a distinct square-like pattern that made
it look almost unnatural. Next we drove to Fort Simpson, where we took another float plane to tour Nahanni National Park. Words cannot describe the beauty we saw in the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Nahanni encompasses territory that’s found nowhere else in the world It’s like going to see Banff and Jasper, the Columbia Icefields, Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls all in one. So you have the whole area to
yourself when you want to go someplace or get out on the river by boat or go
flying back in the mountains.. there’s nobody else there! It was absolutely jaw-dropping to lookdown at deep canyons, a series of
plateaus, sharp mountain peaks, hot springs, and valleys intertwined with
snaking rivers and turquoise coloured lakes . We also landed a few times , which
gave us the opportunity to visit Virginia Falls, an amazing 315 foot
waterfall on the South Nahanni River. Nahanni National Park is truly one of
the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in my life! Next, we wanted to visit
Canada’s Western Arctic, so we drove through the Yukon, up the Dempster Highway, past the Arctic Circle, and into the
little town of Inuvik. This was our first time in the Arctic and it was such a special experience to meet the locals and visit the local attractions such as
the igloo church and the community greenhouse . We also visited the Western
Arctic Regional Visitor Center and learned about the local Inuvialuit and
Gwichin people. Many people can enjoy especially in our part of the world, the fresh air, the fresh water that we have out there and a lot of unspoiled and untouched lands. It’s a big world out there and you know you’ve got to share. Nothing is really owned by anybody. Everyone was so excited to show us
around and one local even brought us out on his boat to experience the Mackenzie
Delta . We navigated through narrow channels, saw beavers gathering sticks for their dam and a massive eagle that decided to lead the way. We also did some fishing for northern pike and saw a flock of tundra swans congregating in the nearby lake. Last but not least , we couldn’t leave the
Northwest Territories without seeing the Arctic Ocean so we drove the Mackenzie
Valley Highway to Tuktoyaktuk. The first Highway in Canada to reach the
Arctic Ocean. Surrounded by pingos, tundra, and ocean, Tuktoyaktuk is a charming Inuvialuit hamlet that we loved exploring. We learned about some of the local culture, tried some local foods , wore traditional clothing, and of course , dipped our toes in the Arctic Ocean. We even climbed one of the pingos for views of the surrounding area. We’re so grateful that we had the opportunity to visit Canada’s Western Arctic and learn about a part of Canada that most people most know nothing about. It really felt that we had reached the top of the world. From sleeping on a floating barge on a
secluded lake, to flying over the world’s first World Heritage Site, to taking a dip
in the Arctic Ocean. the Northwest Territories has given us
memories that we will cherish for a lifetime. Thank you so much for watching
this episode! To learn more about what we did in the Northwest Territories as well as other provinces during our 150-day road trip across the Canada visit www.mustdocanada.com

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