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DISCOVERING THE
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
Story and photos by Barb and Ron Kroll
Travel
We didn’t know a lot about the Northwest Territories
(N.W.T.), before we went there. In addition to the ter-
ritory’s fame for the midnight sun and aurora borealis,
we knew that it was the home of Canada’s longest
river, the Mackenzie, and the only all-weather road
across the Arctic Circle, the Dempster Highway. When
we finally travelled to the N.W.T., we were surprised
by what else we discovered – different landscapes,
languages, architecture, transportation, cultures,
clothing, handicrafts, foods and festivals. Although
the N.W.T. has modern amenities, its unique aspects
delighted us.
Located north of British Columbia, Alberta and
Saskatchewan, east of the Yukon and west of Nunavut,
the N.W.T. has thousands of kilometres of roads,
including eight highways. Many visitors drive here,
even though not all communities are accessible by all-
weather roads. Because we travelled here in July, we
didn’t mush any dog-drawn sleds or drive on any ice
roads (made famous by the reality TV show,
Ice Road
Truckers
), but we did see signs for both.
Yellowknife Cultural Crossroads painting on a rock face below a tipi