A Tourism Destination Fit for Royalty

The List:Hosting Royalty is nothing new for the NWT. Check out these Royal-worthy attractions. History-CentralQueen Elizabeth visited Fort Smith in 1959 but much has changed since then. If she were to trek to this historically-rich area today we would recommend that she explore Wood Buffalo National Park. And, of course, stop at the park that was named for her. Queen Elizabeth Territorial Park is nestled at the eastern end of the Wood Buffalo Route, close to the centre of Fort Smith.Learning CurveThe unique igloo-shape of the Legislative Assembly draws visitors from around the world so it’s no surprise that Will and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, included this informative landmark in their first visit to Yellowknife. Join a guided tour or opt for an audio tour on your own as you explore the unique political centre of the NWT. On Top of the WorldIn any season, day-trip excursions from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk will thrill you. These jewels, located on the northern tip of the territory, are destinations fit for royalty. We recommend flying one way and boating the other for aerial and up-close views of the Mackenzie Delta, famed pingos and wildlife. Making Waves Prince Andrew may have discovered the best way to view the Northwest Territories: with a paddle in hand. His visits have favoured the Sahtu region, especially its network of waterways. Adventurers inclined to follow in the Prince’s wake should explore the Thelon River, the Coppermine River, and the South Nahanni River.Solitude-SeekersBlachford Lake Lodge, located a few kilometers north of the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, is an ideal stop for those looking for a piece of privacy. Will and Kate took full advantage by paddling a canoe to the lodge’s Eagle Island this summer. Stunning views and an assortment of activities await visitors to this quintessential northern lodge throughout the year.Room to ViewThere’s nothing more romantic than gazing up at the magnificent Aurora Borealis and Aurora Village will ensure you’re kept cozy. Lore states that whistling beckons the aurora and sets them dancing, but with solar maximum (a predicted time of heightened sunspot activity) approaching you won’t need any help seeing the lights. On her recent trip to the NWT, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was overheard to say that she would love to return to the NWT in winter to see the aurora.