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Northwest Territories

Chart a course for adventure. What the Northwest Territories region lacks in big cities, it makes up for with wide-open vistas with incredible natural wonders. Start in the charming hamlet of Enterprise and make your way north to the Great Slave Lake, where ample fishing, boating and sightseeing greet visitors eager to get away from the crowds. Retrace the steps of Canada's early settlers and experience spectacular nature.

1) Enterprise
Starting Point

From Alberta, drive North along Highway 1 to the 60th Parallel Visitor Centre, the Twin Falls Territorial Park and at then Enterprise, located at the junction of Highway 1 and 2. If you're feeling peckish, stop at Winnie's offering gas, home cooked meals and snacks and a very fine selection of Dene art and crafts. There's a nice picnic spot beside the Hay River, with a great view.

2) Hay River
25 miles, 34 minutes

The seaport on Great Slave Lake has a sandy beach and is a good base for day trips on the lake or driving to nearby attractions, such as the Twin Falls or Lady Evelyn Falls. There's an outfitter offering fishing, cruising and birdwatching on Great Slave Lake

3) Fort Resolution
99 miles, 3 hours, 11 minutes

On the Slave River Delta, visitors will find three boat launches along the highway. The town has all guests will need, and a tour operator specializes in boat tours of the Slave River Delta and Simpson Islands for fishing and bird spotting.