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National Parks Northwest Territories The Northwest Territories is home to some of Canada's finest national parks, including two World Heritage Sites, Nahanni and Wood Buffalo. On the northern edge of North America two wilderness parks protect the calving grounds of the caribou. Tuktut Nogait National Park is located on the northern mainland and Aulavik National Park is on the north end of Banks Island. Banks Island (75°15'N 121°30'W) is one of the Canadian Arctic islands situated in the Inuvik Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. It is separated from Victoria Island to its east by the Prince of Wales Strait and from the mainland by Amundsen Gulf to its south. The Beaufort Sea lies to its west and to the northeast, McClure Strait.
Great Slave Lake is the second largest
lake in the Northwest Territories, behind
Great Bear Lake, ninth largest lake in the world, and the deepest lake in North
America at 614 metres (2,015 ft.). It is 480
kilometres long and 19 to 109 km wide.
The main tributaries are The Hay, Slave and Taltson Rivers and the lake is drained by the Mackenzie River.
The east shore and northern arm are dominated by a tundra like landscape characteristic. The Canadian Shield borders the
southern and eastern shores of Great Slave Lake and along its western shore the landscape is forested.
First settlers around the lake were First Nation people establishing communities including Dettah meaning
'Burnt Point' which still exists today. During the winter months the lake has one ice road, the Dettah ice road connecting Yellowknife the capital of NWT
with the community of Dettah. Come and explore the wonders of the true north.
Great Bear Lake (Slavey: Sahtu, French: Grand lac de l'Ours)
is the largest lake in Canada, the fourth
largest in North America and seventh largest lake in the world. The lake is situated on the Arctic Circle between 65 and 67 degrees. It covers an area of 28,400 square kilometres in the southern part
of the territory. Its volume is 2,090 cubic kilometres. The lake was
named for the Slavey North American Indians. There is one ice road, the Deline ice road.
It is used for a few weeks out of the year to deliver supplies to the remote community of Deline.
The speed on the ice road is 70 km/h (43 mph) similar to the Tuktoyaktuk ice road because there are no
portages or stretches of land within the lake. The
road usually can handle
64,500 kg (142,000 lb) and closes in late March, when the ice starts to melt and break up.
Banks Island (75°15’N
121°30'W) is one of the
Canadian Arctic islands situated in the Inuvik Region of the Northwest Territories,
Canada. It is separated from Victoria Island to its east by the Prince of Wales Strait
and from the mainland by Amundsen Gulf to its south. The Beaufort Sea lies to its west and to the northeast, McClure Strait
separates the island from Prince Patrick
Island and Melville Island. The park has the highest concentration of muskoxen on earth, and is home to the endangered
Peary Caribou. Along its northern end the island is protected by Aulavik Natioonal Park of Canada. The first confirmed Grizzly–polar bear hybrid found in the wild was shot on Banks Island in April 2006, near Sachs Harbour.
What is the Aurora? The sun gives
off high-energy charged particles (also called ions) that travel out into space at speeds of 300 to 1200
kilometres per second. A cloud of such particles is called a plasma. The stream of plasma coming from
the sun is known as the solar wind. As the solar wind interacts with the edge of the earth's magnetic
Wood Buffalo National Park, at 44,807 km2, Wood
Buffalo National Park is Canada's largest national park and one of the largest in the world. It was established in
1922 to protect the last remaining herds of bison in northern Canada. Today, it protects an
outstanding and representative example of Canada's Northern Boreal Plains.
Go Back in Time
The present-day territory was created in 1870, when the Hudson's Bay Company transferred Rupert's Land and North-Western Territory to the government of Canada. This immense region comprised all of modern Canada except British Columbia, the coast of the Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence River valley and the southern third of Quebec,