Travel guide to Northern Canada

Facts

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Local name
Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon
Inhabitants
100,000

Travel preparation

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Best time to visit

The high season in the north is from June to August, which means that many facilities close down during the other nine months, because of the few people who visit during the long winter. Many of the Canadians living there believe that March and April, when the days start getting longer, and the weather is perfect for snow sports such as ski and dog sledge racing, are the best months to visit this region.

Literature

Northwest Territories (1550412655) Alaska and the Yukon (1560444894)

Local conditions

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Time zone

When it is 12.00 in England, it is 03.00 in Yukon. When it is 12.00 in England, it is 04.00 in Northwest Territories. When it is 12.00 in England, it is 05.00 in Nunavut.

Culture and entertainment

Besides the many folk fests, strongly influenced by the Inuit culture, held in the various villages, you can see several museums with exhibitions about the gold rush in the beginning of the previous century, and about the Inuit culture in the area. You can also experience the world's most difficult dog sledge race from Yukon River to Whitehorse and Fairbanks.

Accommodation / Hotel

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The prices in the north are generally higher than those in the rest of the country, and although you can find something in all price ranges at certain places, you'll often have no choice but to pay up. Overnight accommodation can thus become more expensive than expected. The number of possibilities is often halved out of season, but then again, so are the prices. Book your hotel in Northern Canada here

Local transport

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Taxi

It isn't easy finding a taxi so far up north, but several companies offer transport in minibuses.

Other transport

Greyhound buses operate in some regions in the north, but several places you can only get around by airplane or helicopter. You can also rent a car or a motor home in a number of places.

Special conditions

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Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut have some rough landscapes, and it can be dangerous to go into the wilderness with guide or thorough preparations. Note that the weather conditions can sometimes make it impossible to go where you want to go, especially if you're by car. Many facilities close down out of season, that is all other months than June and August.
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