"North West Territories - Canada North" Northwest Territories by jamiesno
Northwest Territories Travel Guide: 149 reviews and 379 photos
The Northwest Territories (or NWT) is a vast land with an area of 1.17 million square km. Although it has a reputation of being a treeless and desolate tundra, a lot of the territory is below the treeline, and consists of thick evergreen forests and spectacular mountain scenery. There are great rivers, (including the Mackenzie which has one of the largest river deltas in the world), and thousands of lakes. The effects of glaciation have left rolling hills, rich in mineral deposits, which have made a significant contribution to the development and economy of the territory. The area here is very remote, and has few roads, except in the southern part of the territory.
Tourism here is definitely adventure oriented, and there are countless activities and sights for the traveller who is looking for something different. The Northwest Territories has two groups of indigenous people. The Dene live around the Mackenzie River and the Great Slave Lake, and the Inuit who generally live in the northern areas.
Many people come to the NWT to experience the wildlife. This is one of the few places remaining where wildlife sightings are almost guaranteed. In the NWT you can witness some of the last herds of bison on the planet. There are also herds of Muskox and Caribou, and moose can be found in abundance. As well as Polar Bear near the Arctic Ocean, there are grizzly bear and black bear. There is a multitude of bird life with hundreds of different species that come to the NWT in summer to take advantage of the long hours of daylight. Some of these are quite rare, including the Whooping Crane.
My NWT page is very brief because I spent the majority of my time in Yellowknife and the surrounding area.
Trust me that my Yellowknife page is extensive. Follow the link below.
The NWT operated without any political parties and government in the Canadian north is unique.
In this picture you can see the Legislative Assembly. Follow this link to my travelogue and tour this great building.
Legislative Assembly Travelogue
This impressive building is 46,000 square feet and anchored by a wall of indigenour stone. The exterior walls and roof are clad in panels of zinc.
When the building was built as few trees as possible where removed and today there is plenty of wildlife in the immediate vacinity of the building.
Blonde maple wood adorns the walls inside the building and slate tiles line the floor of the Great Hall. Skylights surround the Chamber and Caucus room, providing an abundance of natural light to the entire building.
If you enjoy politics you will visit this building for sure, during my visit in the fall there was a free tour at 10:30 am in the morning.
The NWT has a consensus government without any party systems and you will be amazed at the amount of symbolism that was put into buildlings this facility.
Written Sep 19, 2004
Written Sep 19, 2004
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