Living Here

living in the nwt

Located above the 60th parallel, the Northwest Territories awaits with seemingly endless lakes and unmatched vistas. The opportunities available in these communities are perfect for the outdoors enthusiast looking for adventure and to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, with some of the shortest commutes in Canada – often no more than five to ten minutes walking, biking, or driving.  All 33 NWT communities are surrounded by wilderness and water where swimming and fishing are abundant; whether it is a river, lake or the Arctic Ocean.  Our gorgeous summers serve up the glorious midnight sun and an abundance of outdoor adventures including hiking, canoeing, camping, fishing, and exploring the hundreds of easily accessible lakes and rivers. Our winters offer more outdoor adventure opportunities including snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing, ice-fishing, sledding, and pond hockey. 

Outdoor adventures not really your thing? Don’t worry –there are plenty of summer and winter festivals, an active arts and film scene, movie theatres, an endless number of societies and clubs, excellent indoor sports facilities… just to highlight a few of our many activities and opportunities outside of work. Northerners are renowned for their innovative spirit, especially during the coldest winter months, so there’s never a shortage of things to do!

More of a “big city” lover at heart? On the shores of Great Slave Lake lies the city of Yellowknife (population 19,600). The ‘urban’ centre of the territory, the Northwest Territories’ capital city boasts all the amenities of a big city, while maintaining its small town charm. Whether you want to catch the latest movies, enjoy delicious dining opportunities ranging from Korean to Ethiopian to Japanese food, get in some shopping, or explore the surrounding wilderness just minutes away, Yellowknife has you covered. 

The opportunities available in the Northwest Territories are perfect for anyone looking to get away from endless daily commutes and into living life!