VISITING THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
The Northwest Territories is paradise for general aviation. Bush flying opportunities abound with many remote destinations accessible only by float or ski plane. With 163,000 square kilometers of freshwater and numerous gravel airstrips, there's no shortage of places to explore.
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES VISITOR INFORMATION
The following websites and directories provide extensive information to assist in planning a visit to the Northwest Territories:
Spectacular Northwest Territories
Northwest Territories Explorers' Guide
Northwest Territories Parks
City of Yellowknife Visitors Guide
The Northwest Territories is serviced by several national and regional airlines which fly to Yellowknife from Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto using both jet and turbo-prop aircraft. Regional airlines also provide direct flights from Edmonton to Hay River and Fort Smith. Regional and charter airlines connect to smaller communities, national parks, and remote lodges. For flight schedules and routes from southern Canada, visit Canadian North, Air Canada, WestJet, and Air North.
The Northwest Territories is also accessible by a network of all-weather roads and ferries connecting to highways originating in Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon. In winter, ice roads and ice crossings provide access to communities otherwise accessible only by air or water. More information concerning highways, ferries and winter roads is available through the NWT Department of Infrastructure.
ACCOMMODATIONS AND AMENITIES
A wide variety of visitor accommodation is available in the Northwest Territories. Yellowknife offers hotels, motels, bed & breakfast establishments and vacation rentals. Options are more limited in smaller communities and typically include small motels, lodges or bed and breakfasts. Detailed information is available through directories on Spectacular Northwest Territories and Extraordinary Yellowknife. As the Northwest Territories is a busy tourist destination especially during the summer months, advance booking of accommodations is strongly recommended.
Territorial campgrounds, including Fred Henne Territorial Park which is adjacent to the Yellowknife airport, are open during the summer months. Advance bookings are required and services and amenities vary. Further information and online booking is available through Northwest Territories Parks.
For more information on accommodations and amenities available in Yellowknife, including restaurants, local transportation and grocery stores, download our "Accommodations and Amenities" info sheet.
ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES
The Northwest Territories is a spectacular destination for aviation tourism offering unlimited opportunities for adventure in the vast northern wilderness. While Yellowknife serves as a convenient gateway, the city also offers excellent visitor amenities and unique opportunities to experience northern aviation history. The Northwest Territories Flying Association encourages visiting pilots to explore our numerous lakes and experience bush flying at its best and recommends an extended stopover in Yellowknife with time to explore its rich aviation heritage and enjoy its restaurants and activities.
For more information on aviation and other activities and attractions in our region, download our "Attractions and Activities (Yellowknife)" info sheet or our "Aviation Tourism Destinations" info sheet.