When it comes to the Northwest Territories, this wild and beautiful area is comprised of an array of mountains, tundra, forests and islands, part of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Panoramic vistas are the mark of this land, which was once the home of the First Nations indigenous people. Included in the Northwest Territories are the regions of Inuvik, Dehcho, North Slave, Sahtu and South Slave, with the capital being Yellowknife, situated on the Great Slave Lake. For nature lovers and those who love outdoors, the Northwest Territories might be the ideal place to live.
Yellowknife is both the capital and largest city, which presents numerous housing opportunities. From large multi-bedroom homes to micro-suite condominiums to small houses, there is a diverse variety of properties which one can call home. Housing designs range from the traditional to the modern, with some homes, in Yellowknife, that are very walk-able to work or to nature trails.
The Northwest Territories climate is diverse. Most areas are usually cold and dry. Summers are temperate, with abundant sunshine. In the summer, temperatures may range in the 25 degrees C (77°F) level, while winter brings some bitter cold of -40 degrees C (-40°F), especially north of the Arctic Circle. You will want to have waterproof, windproof and down clothing for winter outings, in addition to jerseys, gloves and moulded-sole shoes that might be used year-round.
Will you see a herd of bison or a grizzly bear? Perhaps, because like the weather, it can be a land of extremes. Nights are spent viewing the Northern Lights; days can be watching a herd of reindeer, as they cross the frozen Mackenzie River. The end of winter is celebrated with dog sledding, harpoon-throwing contests and skidoo races that take place at the Muskrat Jamboree in Inuvik. Summer calls for visits to see whooping cranes at Wood Buffalo National Park; free roaming bison are a treat for residents and visitors who come here. Fishing and hiking through the Canol Heritage Trail in the Mackenzie Mountains provide entertainment. No wonder that the Northwest Territories are unmatched for adventure lovers.