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The Northwest Territories are home to nature's greatest light show — the Aurora Borealis — that is especially dramatic each autumn and winter in the area north of Yellowknife, the province's largest city, where there's up to 20 hours of darkness in mid-winter. The best way to get around in winter is by dogsled, cross country skis or snowmobile. In summer, there are picture-postcard country drives and pristine lakes and rivers to canoe, whitewater raft and fish. From quiet forests in the south to the barren Arctic landscape of the north, this is a land where animals including caribou, wolf and bear outnumber the people. Most of the ...

The Northwest Territories are home to nature's greatest light show — the Aurora Borealis — that is especially dramatic each autumn and winter in the area north of Yellowknife, the province's largest city, where there's up to 20 hours of darkness in mid-winter. The best way to get around in winter is by dogsled, cross country skis or snowmobile. In summer, there are picture-postcard country drives and pristine lakes and rivers to canoe, whitewater raft and fish. From quiet forests in the south to the barren Arctic landscape of the north, this is a land where animals including caribou, wolf and bear outnumber the people. Most of the inhabitants are Native Peoples, with a heritage of hospitality, and artistry, such as the birch bark baskets that are a specialty of the Deh Cho and the carvings of the Western Arctic communities.

Evelyn Kanter
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Evelyn Kanter is a contributor to Fodor's NYC and Fodor's Canada, editor of the Michelin Green Guide Switzerland, and author of Great Destinations: The Hudson Valley.

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