Your tour of the Northwest Territories doesn’t have to stop at the end of the highways.
Take advantage of the opportunity to explore areas not accessible by all-season roads. Norman Wells, Tulita, Deline, Fort Good Hope and Colville Lake, are served by air and only accessible by road in winter. Norman Wells, the regional centre, has daily jet service from Yellowknife and offers connections to surrounding communities.
The town has hotels, restaurants and vehicle rentals. Groceries are available. There is a unique collection of foot bridges constructed of driftwood, and there are several locations to explore for fossils. Hiking trails lace the surrounding hills, and the town operates a campground by a small mountain lake.
Don’t miss the Norman Wells Heritage Centre, with its collections relating to the discovery of oil here in the 1920s and the new Heritage Park at DOT Lake, celebrating the story of flight in the Northwest Territories.
Norman Wells is the marshalling point for canoe trips on several mountain rivers and there’s a new shelter for canoeists at the North-Wright Airways float base.