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Vacations and Sightseeing

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Vacations and Sightseeing

Yellowknife, the capital of Northwest Territories, lies in the heart of the wilderness. The city is located on the shores of beautiful Great Slave Lake, just 512 km south of the Arctic Circle. Yellowknife is the best location in the world to view the aurora borealis. As the nights get longer, you can see the green, red and mauve lights of the aurora borealis, or northern lights dancing through the sky. Tours to admire this phenomenon outside the city limits are available from autumn and during the winter months. In high season, you can take boat excursions on Great Slave Lake from the Yellowknife Trading Post dock. These excursions usually include a visit to the Indian village at Detah.

In Inuvik, the final destination of the famous Dempster Highway, native traditions are part of everyday life. There are festivals with art and music. The Western Arctic Regional Visitor Centre teaches you about the people, nature and landscapes. Inuvik has modern hotels, campsites with beautiful views and a variety of restaurants and shops. There are hiking trails and a fascinating igloo-shaped church. The Tuktut Nogait National Park in the east of Inuvik was established in 1996. It is a large and, until now, largely unspoiled piece of nature covering 16,340 square kilometres. The Park has some truly stunning Arctic rock scenery with spectacular canyons and cliffs.


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