The Northwest Territories is divided into five regions, which roughly correspond to the territories of the original native inhabitants:
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Although originally intended as all the Canadian territories to the west and north of Ontario (thence the name ‘Northwest’ Territories), Northwest Territories was trimmed by establishments of Prairie provinces at first, and later with the separations of Yukon Territory in 1898 and of Nunavut Territory more recently (in 1999).
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One of the best ways to get around the Northwest Territories is by car. This gives you unlimited freedom to chose your own itinerary.
Picture the scene - you're driving down the highway and you look to your left, you see a vast expanse of wilderness, maybe a picturesque sunset and even a herd of caribou going about their business. You look to the right and a black bear is peeping out from behind trees. With uninterrupted views of the wide open space and wildlife, you will be alert to all the new sights and sounds until you come across a sleepy little community that offers a camping ground with small restaurant of home cooked delights and a welcoming atmosphere.
Car hire is a good resource to make the most of in the Northwest Territories. Reliable and cost effective, car hire companies will be able to advise you of the best routes to spot wildlife and the best routes to take you from waterfall to river to lake.
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