Canada’s Northwest Territories is a vast, pristine land area of over 1,000,000 km2 and the total population of the territory is just under 45,000 very friendly people. The territory is also home to over 160,000 km of lakes and five National Parks which are home to some of the most spectacular scenery on earth. The Northwest Territories is the middle territory, bordered by Nunavut to the East and Yukon to the West. There are 11 official languages in the NWT, more than any other political division in the Americas. Nearly half of the population of the NWT resides in Yellowknife, the capital city. The people of the Northwest Territories are closely connected to the land and to each other.
There are 33 communities in the Northwest Territories. Of the 33 communities, 16 are connected to a highway system year-round. An additional 13 are connected by ice road in the winter. The remaining four communities are fly-in only throughout the year. In November 2017, the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway will officially open. This highway, and extension of the fabled Dempster Highway, will connect Canada from the Atlantic, to the Pacific and now to the Arctic Ocean at the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, making Canada the only country in the world that can boast this “coast to coast to coast” geography.
Air access to and within the territory is extensive. Four major air carriers fly to Yellowknife (Air Canada, WestJet, Canadian North and First Air). Within the territory, transportation by bush plane (the buses of the north) is a way of life. Planes flying within the territory land on floats, skies and occasionally tundra tires as people and goods are transported throughout the territory in every season.