7 Facts about the Northwest Territories

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1. If the Yukon is the far north at its most accessible, the Northwest Territories is the region at its most uncompromising. Just three roads nibble at the edges of this almost unimaginably vast area, which, together with Nunavut, occupies a third of Canada’s landmass. The Northwest Territories is about the size of India but contains only 44,000 people, almost half of whom live in or around Yellowknife.

2. The present-day territory came under government authority in July 1870, after the Hudson’s Bay Company transferred Rupert’s Land and the North-Western Territory to the British Crown, which subsequently transferred them to the Dominion of Canada, giving it the name the North-west Territories. Between 1925 and 1999, the Northwest Territories covered a land area of 3,439,296 km2 larger than that of India. On April 1, 1999, the existing Northwest Territories was split into two parts, with a separate Nunavut territory being formed to represent the Inuit people.

3. If you want to make the big bucks in Canada mostly everyone would think you need to move to Alberta right? Wrong! Per capita residents in the NWT earn on average nearly ,000 more per year, even the average income is higher in the Northwest Territories by nearly 0 over Alberta!

4. NWT is actually the world’s second largest producer of diamonds in the world. The diamonds found in the Arctic territory are not only more pure than the diamonds found in africa, but they are of an overall higher quality and mined ethically where each worker is paid quite a fair wage.

5. Yellowknife is the capital of the Northwest Territories. Yellowknife has almost half the population of the entire Northwest Territories. It’s currently the only city in the Northwest Territories!

6. The Dempster Highway is Canada’s northernmost motorway, carrying road-trippers across the Arctic Circle to Inuvik in the Mackenzie River Delta. And now you can push even farther: The new Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway will take you to Tuktoyaktuk, an Arctic Ocean settlement famous for pingos, caribou and Inuvialuit culture.

7. If you travel to the uttermost tip of the territory, you’ll experience what may be the harshest weather on Earth. Meteorologists say the icebound Parry Islands, near the top of the Arctic Archipelago, suffer from a combo of clouds, dampness, wind and unrelenting cold that make this the most extreme, least habitable corner of Canada.

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