Built in 1960 in the town of Inuvik, an Inuit name meaning Place Of Man, is Our Lady Of Victory Church, often referred to as the Igloo Church because of its round Igloo styled appearance. Because of its unusual shape it has become the most photographed and well known landmark of Inuvik.

10. Our Lady Of Victory Church


In the western centre of the province, between the towns of Tulita and Norman Wells is a landscape where dozens of sinkholes formed by collapsed subterranean caves hide among the forest. Best viewed from the air, one of the most famous of these is the Bear Rock Sinkhole, with its steep straight sides leading straight down to the aquamarine waters below.

9. Bear Rock Sinkhole

Starting to the east of Dawson City, just off the Klondike Highway in the Yukon Territory is the fantastic Dempster Highway, extending some 736 kilometres (457 miles) northward to Tuktoyaktuk on the edge of the Arctic Ocean in the Northwest Territories. With no intersections along its entire length, the highway cuts through some incredible terrain that includes vast forests, great open plains and across mountain ranges. One of the most northerly highways in North America, it is regarded to be one of the planets best driving routes.

8. Dempster Highway


South across the Great Slave Lake from the capital, Yellowknife, just north of the border with the province of Alberta is the Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park, one of the most accessible and popular parks in the Northwest Territories. The highlight of the park is undoubtedly the Twin Falls Gorge, where the Hay River crashes into the canyon, creating the 32 metre (105 ft) single drop curtain waterfall of Alexandra Falls.

Pictured is Alexandra Falls.

7. Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park


In the far south west of the province, crossing the borders into neighbouring Alberta is the 44,807 square kilometre (17,300 square mile) Wood Buffalo National Park, the largest national park in Canada and the second largest in the world. Encompassing a vast area of forest, grasslands and the Caribou Mountains, the park was established to protect the world's largest herd of free roaming wood bison. The largest dark sky preserve in the world, one of the best locations to witness the northern lights, Wood Buffalo National Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

6. Wood Buffalo National Park

In the extreme north of mainland Canada's Northwestern Territories, on the east coast of Cape Bathurst next to the Arctic Ocean is the natural phenomenon known as the Smoking Hills. Named in 1826 AD by John Franklin, the first European explorer to lay eyes upon them, the naturally burning sulphur rich ignite deposits have been burning for centuries.

5. Smoking Hills


In the extreme north east of Canada's Northwestern Territories, straddling the border with the province of Nunavut is the 18,100 square kilometre (6,988 square mile) Tuktut Nogait National Park, a name meaning Young Caribou. Home to the calving grounds of the Bluenose West caribou herd, these vast barren grounds are also home to other wildlife species, including muskoxen, wolverines, wolves, Arctic chars and grizzly bears. The most notable landmark in the park is where the Hornaday River cuts its way across the plains, creating steep walled river canyons, perfect nesting ground for peregrine falcons, hawks and golden eagles.

4. Tuktut Nogait National Park


In the west of the wonderful Nahanni National Park Reserve are the naturally occurring Rabitkettle Hot Springs, situated on a limestone plateau they comprise two large tufa mounds. These are formed by thermal springs leaching calcium carbonate that hardens into a crust of tufa. The only ones on Earth to be located in permafrost, the larger of the two measures 70 metres (230 ft) in diameter and stands 20 metres (66 ft) high, making it the largest tufa mound in Canada. De to the delicate nature of the structures, visitors to the mounds are required to take guided tours run by park staff.

3. Rabitkettle Tufa Mound


In the south west of the province,​ encompassing some 4,850 square kilometres of protected landscape (1,873 square miles) is the Nááts'ihch'o National Park, a name that means 'Stands Like A Porcupine' in the Dene language. Situated within the Mackenzie Mountains, the name refers to the parks tallest peak, the 2,245 metre (7,365 ft) Mount Wilson. Known for its grizzly bear, moose, woodland caribou and northern mountain goat populations, the terrain is one of picturesque mountain peaks, huge open plains, glass likes lakes and vast forests.

2. Nááts'ihch'oh National Park 


In the south west of the province is the jewel of the Northwestern Territories, the 30,050 square kilometre (11,602 square mile) Nahanni National Park, a name that means 'River Of The Land Of The Nahʔa People', named after the spectacular whitewater river that cuts its way through the region. Encompassing the Mackenzie Mountains, the parks peaks are as rugged and spectacular as any on Earth, none more so than those found in the Ragged Range and the Cirque Of The Unclimbables. Other key landmarks in the park include the Rebitkettle Hot Springs, home to the largest tufa mounds in Canada, and Virginia Falls, one of the most visually impressive waterfalls in the country. Falling 96 metres (315 ft) in a thunderous plume of spray, the raging river falls more than twice the height of Niagara Falls. Such is the diversity of terrain and wildlife in Nahanni National Park, the entire protected area has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

1. Nahanni National Park

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