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Northwest Territories ~ Wild Rivers, Planes and Northern Lights : Student - Province Highlights

The Northwest Territories is a federal territory of Canada.  At a land area of approximately 1,144,000 km2 , it is the second-largest and the most populous of the three territories in Northern Canada. Its estimated population as of 2019 is 44,826. Yellowknife became the territorial capital in 1967.

While Nunavut is mostly Arctic tundra, the Northwest Territories has a slightly warmer climate than its neighbouring territory Nunavut and is both boreal forest and tundra.  Its most northern regions form part of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

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Rick Mercer is wowed by the ice pilots at Buffalo Air in Yellowknife, NWT.

Rick Mercer and Buffalo Air

I was intrigued with the Nahanni River after reading the survival story Far North. Enjoy virtual travel in this amazing park.

Nahanni River

The bush plane is an icon in Canada, know for opening up the north as post-war pilots looked for ways to keep flying. See gorgeous NWT views as you explore Canadian bush planes.

Bush Plane

Wood Buffalo National Park, the largest national park in Canada has the largest free roaming herd of bison in the world.

Wood Buffalo National Park

See an amazing real-time video of the dancing northern lights from Yellowknife, NWT.

Northern Lights