The Northwest Territories is known for its endless arctic sky where the northern lights dance and the midnight sun shines. Bring your camera to photograph unique wildlife such as muskoxen, bison and rare birds. The best way to explore the spectacular array of landscapes is in your RV.
Plan your RV vacation in the Northwest Territories
Plan ahead and select the campgrounds on your route where you will stay. Visit the www.campingnwt.ca website for more information. Make your reservations as early as possible to be sure you will have the best campsite for your motor home or travel trailer. Advance reservations can also mean you have the opportunity to choose the site with the best view, the perfect location, and the most ideal amenities for your family.
NWT Campgrounds and RV Parks
Most NWT parks and their services are open from May 15th to September 15th each year. The NWT has 34 parks, offering RVers plenty of places to stop for a picnic lunch or to stay overnight. The parks are divided into four categories: heritage, natural environment, recreational and wayside parks. The 17 recreational parks offer camping, while other parks are for day use only.
Campsites, day use areas, and kitchen shelters at territorial parks are available for public use and can be booked online, at www.campingnwt.ca.
About the Northwest Territories
The Northwest Territories was divided in 1999 to create a new territory, Nunavut. The remaining land in the Northwest Territories equals 1.4 million square kilometers of land and is home to over 40,000 people. The present-day territory is nestled between Yukon and Nunavut Territories, and is north of British Columbia and Alberta. The climate is frequently sunny, with warm temperatures in the summer ' it commonly reaches 30°C (86°F) in the summer with up to 24 hours of daylight in June, July and the beginning of August.
The vast array of landscapes makes the Northwest Territories truly Spectacular. Visit communities north of the Arctic Circle, in the MacKenzie Delta and Mountains; Travel into the Nahanni National Park, over to the Boreal forest and on to the Canadian Shield and Barrenlands. Drive on all-weather roads beside meandering rivers and pristine lakes.
Scenic Trips in the NWT
A few useful links to help you plan your trip:
Check on the weather forecasts for all main highways in the territory. Get up-to-date information on road conditions by phoning the Department of Transportation's toll-free information line: 1-800-661-0750.
Link to: NWT Department of Transportation
Weather and Climate
Winters in the NWT range from -40°C (-40°F) to -10°C (14°F) on average. Summer heats up during June, July and August when the sun shines up to 24 hours per day. Summers are hottest north of the Arctic Circle, where you will appreciate air conditioning in your vehicle. Temperatures can range from 20°C (68°F) to 30°C (86°F) in the summer.
Link to: NWT weather office to see local forecasts for all regions of the territory issued by Environment Canada.
National Parks & Campgrounds in the NWT
Not all of these parks are accessible by road. Drive your RV to the nearest community and enjoy the unique experience of a floatplane ride.
Nahanni National Park
UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Link to: Nahanni National Park
Wood Buffalo National Park
Canada's largest National Park straddles the NWT ' Alberta border and is larger than Switzerland. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Link to: Wood Buffalo National Park
Aulavik National Park of Canada
Over 12,000 kilometres of arctic wilderness on Banks Island.
Link to: Aulavik National Park of Canada
Tuktut Nogait National Park of Canada
Calving ground for the Bluenose caribou herd.
Link to: Tuktut Nogait National Park of Canada
Territorial Parks & Campgrounds