Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Campgrounds and RV Parks

  1. Fred Henne Territorial Park
  2. Prelude Lake Territorial Park
  3. Reid Lake Territorial Park
  4. North Arm Territorial Park
  5. Hay River Territorial Park Campground
  6. Little Buffalo River Crossing Territorial Park
  7. Fort Providence Territorial Park
  8. Lady Evelyn Falls Territorial Park
  9. Louise Falls Campground
  10. Little Buffalo River Falls Territorial Park
  11. Queen Elizabeth Territorial Park
  12. 60th Parallel Territorial Park Campground
  13. Sambaa Deh Falls Territorial Park
  14. Jean Marie River Campground
  15. Pine Lake Campground
  16. Fort Simpson Territorial Park
  17. Hutch Lake Campground
  18. Machesis Lake Campground
  19. Aspen Ridge Campground
  20. Woodland RV Park

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

The extremes of stern beauty and harsh weather are represented in the Northwest Territories capital of Yellowknife, a city of 20,000 or so, situated on the northern shore of the vast Great Slave Lake. The presence of this large body of water has a moderating effect on the subarctic climate, providing a longer growing period than might otherwise be expected so far north. It is a city whose fortunes are largely linked to the discovery and resultant development of its natural resources, as is the case with many of the northern communities. The name originates with the Dene tribe, the Yellowknives.

Although some recognition came with the gold rush of the 1890s, the size of the NT strike coupled with its remoteness rendered the discovery unimportant in the context of the nearby Yukon rush. However, several other gold strikes in the first fifty years of the 20th century helped make its fortunes. Rapid growth resulted in decisions which raised troubles between the Canadian Government Northern Affairs department and the indigenous peoples.

The year 1991 marked the discovery of diamond deposits in the Yellowknife area. Coupled with expansion in natural gas development and exploration, this occurrence marked the beginning of a strong upswing in the economy.

Locals embrace the winter snow and cold and enjoy the activities associated with them. Visitors can rent parkas to allow them to partake like the natives, or, if they prefer, stick to the indoors, or strike a balance in a hot tub at a lodge. Tourism is a major contributor to the well-being of the province as a whole, indicating that, whatever the mix of adventures that await, people like to explore this remote, culturally rich and diverse destination.

  • Folk on the Rocks music festival
  • Midnight Gold Tournament
  • Snowking Winter Festival
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, historical and cultural exhibits
  • world's best location for viewing aurora borealis, the northern lights, September through April
  • Caribou Carnival, skidoo and dog sled races
  • Canadian Championship Dog Derby
  • Raven Mad Daze, on the longest day of the year at summer solstice
  • Yellowknife Cultural Crossroads sculpture
  • Frame Lake Walking Trail
  • wildlife viewing
  • dog-sledding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling
  • fishing, hiking, picnicking, boating on Ingraham Trail

Camping in Northwest Territories

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