CANADA's NORTH > Communities
Welcome to the Northwest Territories, there are 33 communities for you to visit! Our total population is just over 42,000, not much when you consider how big and vast the Northwest Territories is! It covers an area of 1.14 million square kilometers or 440,000 square miles, wow, that’s a big place!
There are lakes, mountains, valleys, plateaus, rivers, big trees, no trees (the tundra), the Arctic Ocean and much more all across this great land. Amongst all this is 33 communities in which the 42,000 people live. Many of these communities are situated along rivers and lakes and also because of the excellent hunting and fishing at these locations. Communities range in size from 60 to over 20,000 people. Each community has something special to offer. Many of the communities are isolated and many have a high percentage of Aboriginal residents. So traditional Aboriginal activities are still very much alive in these communities for you to see. The following is a our brief summary of the communities and a related link:
North Slave Region
Yellowknife – capital city, many franchises, daily air service, road access, on Great Slave Lake; Behchoko – road access, 98% Aboriginal population, traditional community; Wha Ti – winter road and fly in access only, located on Lac La Marte, great fishing; Wekweti – winter road and fly in access only, population 95, very traditional; Gameti – winter road and fly in access only, very traditional, 18 hole golf course; Dettah/N’Dilo – aboriginal community located in Yellowknife, Dettah ice road; Lutsel K’e – fly in only, located on east arm of Great Slave Lake, very good fishing, very traditional
South Slave Region
Hay River – road and air access, on south shore of Great Slave Lake; Fort Resolution – road access only, oldest community in NWT, large Metis population; Fort Smith – road and air access, in Wood Buffalo National Park, on NWT/Alberta border; Fort Providence – road access only, on Mackenzie River, in Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary; Kakisa – road access only, pop. 60, on Kakisa River, 8 km from Lady Evelyn Falls; Enterprise – road access only, 8 km from Alexandra and Louise Falls; Hay River Reserve – road access only, only Reserve in NWT, 20 kms from Hay River.
Deh Cho Region
Fort Simpson – road and air access, located where Liard & Mackenzie rivers meet; Jean Marie River - road and air access, traditional Dene community, located on Mackenzie River; Wrigley – road access only, end of the road (summer); Trout Lake – winter road and air access only, on Trout lake, pop. 76; Fort Liard – road and air access, on Highway #7 (to BC), buffalo in community; Nahanni Butte – road and air access, gateway to Nahanni National Park, pop. 90
Norman Wells – winter road and air access, on Mackenzie River, scenic community, oil town; Deline – winter road and air access, on Great Bear Lake, very traditional, great fishing; Colville Lake – winter road and air access, on Colville Lake, pop. 112, great fishing; Fort Good Hope – winter road and air access, on Mackenzie River, beautiful church; Tulita – winter road and air access, where Mackenzie & Bear rivers meet, very scenic
Inuvik - "Place of Man", road and air access, last community on the Mackenzie River; Aklavik - winter road and air access, traditional Inuvialuit community; Tsiigehtchic - road and air access, located where Arctic Red River & Mackenzie rivers meet; Fort McPherson - road and air access, located on the world famous Dempster Highway, pop. 776; Paulatuk - air access only, traditional Inuvialuit community on the Arctic Ocean, pop. 294; Sachs Harbour - air access only, traditional Inuvialuit community on Banks Island, pop. 122; Tuktoyaktuk - winter road and air access, on Artic Ocean, home of the Pingo, pop. 870; Uluhaktuk - air access only, traditional Inuvialuit community, on Arctic Ocean, pop. 398