Ready for adventure? Pack your hiking boots and set off for Canada’s Far North in search of rugged mountains, snow-dusted winter sports and the magic of the Northern Lights.
The north of Canada, which includes the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut and Yellowknife, isn’t always on the tourist trail. But intrepid travellers who venture there will discover that it’s a truly spectacular region bursting with natural wonders and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
This is a place where you can hike among magnificent mountains, test your mettle against wild whitewater rapids and then spend the evening gazing up at the ethereal beauty of the aurora borealis. This is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, which are at their most dazzling between December and March.
There’s so much to see and do in Canada’s Far North, you may struggle to fit it all in. And this part of the country is unimaginably huge – just the Northern Territories alone is almost six times the size of the UK.
Among the many highlights here are the remote Nahanni National Park Reserve, home to the spectacular Virginia Falls, bubbling Rabbitkettle Hot Springs and the raging Nahanni River.
You should also make time for visiting the wildlife-rich Wood Buffalo National Park, sailing on the Great Slave Lake and polar bear spotting at Hudson Bay. Stay longer, and you can explore the tundra and dramatic fjords of Nunavut, or learn all about the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897 in the town of Whitehorse.
And if you visit culture and heritage hotspot Yellowknife at the right time, you’ll be treated to the unforgettable spectacle of its famous Snow King Festival and huge snow castle.