You’re here on a business meeting and you have a half day or full day to spare. Here are some great things to do to make your trip memorable (and whet your appetite to return). Aurora Viewing: With approximately 240 potential Aurora viewing nights in the year, the Northwest Territories is the best place in the world to view the dazzling lights. One option is to dogsled, snowmobile, or drive to the beautiful lake-front tipis of Aurora Village and experience the power and wonder of the Aurora. Don’t forget to take a wild slide in a donut-tube down the man-made hill before leaving. Fishing: The NWT is made up of countless lakes and waterways. It’s the ideal spot to drop a lure and wait for the trophy-sized fish to chomp – many of our fish species will give you a memorable battle. Spend an afternoon wrestling a sly Northern pike or reeling in a 40 lb trout. Experienced (and entertaining) guides from Yellowknife Outdoor Adventures and Enodah Wilderness Travel will provide unforgettable experiences. Dogsledding: For a rush of adrenaline after a long day of meetings, explore our pristine northern landscape on a dogsled. In Inuvik, book a tour with Arctic Adventure Tours and their friendly, pure white team of huskies for dogsledding or trekking out to a wilderness cabin. In Yellowknife, Beck’s Kennels offers various dogsledding options and the opportunity to meet World Champion Dog Musher, Grant Beck. Hiking: One of the best ways to explore the land is on our easily accessible hiking trails. Ask at any Visitor Centre for hiking trails that extend from city and town centres or walk in the footsteps of Royalty at Blachford Lake Lodge and Conference Centre. The lodge offers 2km and 4km groomed trails that cross a pond created by beavers and a tiny waterfall. Canoeing: Get a taste for adventure by heading out on the water and paddling a canoe for a few hours. Canoe North Adventures, based in Norman Wells, rents out canoes during the summer. We should warn you, you may just like it so much you want to come back to tackle a new route or river, but luckily there’s no shortage to choose from. Wildlife Viewing: Whether you’d like to see caribou, moose, bears, buffalo, beavers or any of our migrating birds the NWT has something for everyone. View wildlife and explore the tundra’s amazing pallet of colours on an excursion with Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge or couple wildlife viewing with sport fishing at Yellow Dog Lodge. Boat Touring: Earn your lake-legs with a tour of one of the NWT’s pristine waterways. The Mackenzie River is the largest river system in Canada. Explore this weaving, winding river from Fort Providence with Vandell Ventures and be sure to tack a shore lunch and cultural excursion on to this trip. From Tuktoyaktuk, a small community that skirts the Arctic Ocean, join Up North Tours to delve into the creeks and channels of the Mackenzie Delta. Sightsee, take photographs or sit back and relax on a boat tour on Great Slave Lake with Great Slave Lake Tours. The shore lunch is a must. Flight Seeing: You haven’t seen the NWT until you’ve seen it from the sky. Amazing flight tours depart from all over the north. Take off from Fort Simpson and soar over the Nahanni National Park with Simpson Air or Wolverine Air. If you’re in Norman Wells, explore the Mackenzie Mountains with a guide from North Wright Airways. Flights from Inuvik will fly you over the Mackenzie Delta and take you to Tuktoyaktuk - don’t forget to dip your toe in the Arctic Ocean for an exhilarating experience. Arts & Crafts: Take a reminder of the north home with you. If you’re in Inuvik, be sure to visit Boreal Books for some beautiful mukluks, mitts and more. Winnie’s Dene Art Gallery and Gift Shop in Enterprise, just outside of Hay River, specializes in high quality handmade Dene arts and crafts. Choose crafts or artwork from northern artists, or create your own eco-friendly souvenir at Old Town Glassworks in Yellowknife.
The List: some of the best things to do in the NWT when you’re here on business