This weeks article is not so much an article as much it is an advertisement, but it's a GREAT advertisement. I found this while researching possible future excursions and found it to be too good not to share with everyone. The photos, and the humour is awesome. Oh, and after seeing this, you will add it to your bucket list, so procede with the knowledge that this is going to cost you...
Proceed with caution. Because, while the Northwest Territories is basically the best place on Earth, there are certain mistakes you don't want to make. Do you homework by reviewing these 19 warnings.
Tired of bland, beige personalities? People in the Northwest Territories are brimming with frontier character. It spills out from their beards, big grins, twinkling eyes and mighty handshakes. C'mon up and put some colour in your life.
Virginia Falls, in Nahanni National Park, is Canada's greatest wilderness cascade. It's a furious wall of whitewater, four acres in size and 300 feet high. It'll blow your mind – but don't let it sweep you off your feet.
We've got riversof every description, from mild to wild. The Slave River Rapids, pictured here, boasts house-high waves, luring skilled kayakers from all over the world. Other of our famous rivers – like the Thomsen, the northernmost navigable watercourse on Earth – are flat and placid, perfect for gawking at wildlife and scenery as you drift along.
Also, don't challenge him to a race. Because he'll leave you in his dust. Huskies are everywhere up here, tugging at their towlines, raring to go. Sign up for a dog-sled adventure and you'll have a wild time with the huskies as they tour you around the North, travelling the old-fashioned way.
Inuvialuit drummers. Metis jiggers. Dene tea-dancers. Northerners love to get their groove on. At community festivals and events you'll get a chance to check out their moves. And you'll probably be invited to join in on the dance floor. But be sure to limber up, 'cause whoo-boy, these folks can bust a move.
Imagine a linebacker with four-wheel-drive traction and titanium horns. That's your basic muskox. When these remarkable Northern ungulates feel threatened, they form a circle, lower their battering-ram of a head, and basically say "Bring it on!" Concussions are no fun, so don't take them up on the offer. Just stay back and take all the photos you want.
Our frozen highways are basically the world's longest Popsicle. But trust us, you do not want to find your mouth-parts glued to a busy road. Also, please don't drill a hole in the highway to go ice-fishing.
A 60-pound Lake Trout is a hernia waiting to happen. Remember, lift with your legs. Better yet, bring a friend to share the load.
The Northwest Territories is many things, but hot it's not. If you come in winter, you'll want to bundle up. Luckily, many of our guides and outfitters can supply you with Arctic-grade outdoor gear. Or pay a visit to one of ourlocal craftshops, where beautiful and cozy sealskin mitts, beaver hats and moosehide parkas are available for sale.
Look, the fact is, when you visit the Northwest Territories, you're going to lose sleep. While the Northern Lights are shimmying in the sky, bed is not an option. You can sleep when you go back home.