Incentive Destinations: Northwest Territories, Canada

Northwest TerritoriesCanada has 3 territories: Nunavut, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. By far the most heavily populated territory is the Northwest Territories, where everything from meetings to rugged adventures can be accommodated.

During the warmer months, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting, and helicopter tours are the adventures of choice. Groups seeking eco-tours will enjoy a visit to Nahanni National Park or the Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary, Canada's most remote wildlife preserve where groups can view wildlife like caribou, muskox and fox.

Corporate groups will find a range of activities during downtime. An ideal time to visit is between the end of June and early August when the midnight sun shines. Canadian North Midnight Classic golf tournament takes place at the end of June. The Great Northern Arts Festival, a 10-day event showcasing music, sculpture, and art takes place in Inuvik above the Arctic circle every year in July.

In the winter, dogsledding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling take on a special feel under the glow of the aurora borealis (between November and April). Yellowknife is one of the best vantage points from which to view them. In Yellowknife, for groups that want to spend more time indoors, there are also galleries and museums to explore.

Places to stay in the Northwest Territories include Blachford Lake LodgeArnica Inn and Yellowknife Inn in Yellowknife and McKenzie Hotel and Nova Inn in Inuvik.

The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC), a 313-seat theatre facility in Yellowknife, is a available for meetings and small conferences.

Also, in consultation with communities in Fort Smith, Fort Simpson, Norman Wells, Inuvik and Yellowknife, the Northwest Territories government is launching a number of Aboriginal Tourism initiatives to respond to the demand for authentic cultural experiences. Areas of focus will include:

  • Aboriginal museums, art galleries and venues.
  • Festivals and performing arts events.
  • Nature based and wilderness adventures with Aboriginal guides.
  • Visual arts, crafts and handicrafts.
  • Sporting events.

I will keep you posted.

Photo Credit: Matt Shalvatis

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