Sahtu

The beating heart of the North 

Here in the trackless core of our territory, the frantic outside world has not arrived, and possibly never will. This is the home of a grand inland sea, Great Bear – nearly 500 metres deep, slithering with colossal trout, cliff-flanked, and salted with alluring place-names: Conjuror Bay, Grizzly Bear Mountain, the Scented Grass Hills.

Here, too, is the North’s king of rivers, the mammoth Mackenzie, six kilometres wide, pressing northward with its watery burden of driftwood, fish, barges and canoeists, and joined along the way by wild tributaries like the Redstone, the Keele and the Mountain.

In the west of the Sahtu, you’ll find a jagged world: the Mackenzie Mountains, pierced by only one path, the famous Canol Heritage Trail, and bustling with mountain sheep, caribou, moose and other game. 

And finally, here you’ll find five vibrant villages, thriving on the cusp of the Arctic Circle – no roads in or out, their hearty residents insulated from the woes and worries of the outside world.  

 

Our Stories

Intriguing tales from Canada's Northwest Territories
$5,900CAD plus GST

Keele River Canoe Trip

Canoe North Adventures

The Keele’s turquoise waters flow through the towering Mackenzie Mountains, offering spectacular mountain vistas, superb fly-fishing and wildlife viewing. Read more

$5,750CAD plus GST

Mountain River Canoe Trip

Black Feather - The Wilderness Adventure Company

Embark on the trip of a lifetime on the Mountain River, our ‘guide’s choice’ as the best wilderness canoeing river in Canada.  Read more

Plummer's Great Bear Lake Lodge

Great Bear Lake Lodge is located on the Dease Arm of Great Bear Lake and is home to the biggest Lake Trout in the world. Up to 60 and 70 pound Lake Trout can be caught and are always released to fight again. With the... Read more

North-Wright Airways Ltd.

North-Wright Airways is the Sahtu Region's premier air service. We are located 145 km (90 miles) south of the Arctic Circle in the heart of the Sahtu Region, at Norman Wells, Northwest Territories and we have bases in... Read more

North Star Adventures

We offer interesting and fun Day Tours in both Summer and Winter seasons. We also offer multi-day adventure experiences, each showcasing one of many wonderful places to see and experience here in the Northwest... Read more

Canoe North Adventures

Since 1987, offering guided canoe trips and hiking expeditions, logistical support and rentals for self-guided clients accessed through Norman Wells in the Sahtu Region of the Northwest Territories including the... Read more

Ram Head Outfitters Ltd.

Commercial air charter service providing air support for hikers on Canol Road, sightseeing in the beautiful Mackenzie Mountains, and fly-in fishing services to fishing lodge. Fly-in horseback adventures on the Canol... Read more

Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated

The Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated is working with government to ensure Chapter 12 of the Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement on Economic Measures is being implemented efficiently.  On... Read more

The Great Canadian Travel Company

Since 1981, The Great Canadian Travel Company has specialized in travel to Canada's north. Offering airfares from around the world, hotels, lodges and customized tours including Aurora, cultural, eco and wildlife,... Read more

Trophy Lodge

Trophy Lodge is a fishing lodge located on the Smith Arm of Great Bear Lake. We are famous for our huge Lake Trout. Arctic Grayling fishing is also excellent, and some of the finest Northern Pike fishing on... Read more

MacKinnon Territorial Park

On the banks of the Mackenzie River in Norman Wells, MacKinnon Territorial Park offers a great view of the Mackenzie Mountains and is a perfect stop for river-trippers. There are eight non-powered campsites,... Read more

NWT Outfitters Ltd.

Outfitter offering sport hunts for trophy Dall's sheep, Alaska/Yukon Moose, Mountain Caribou. We ensure that every detail of the hunt is looked after in a well-organized manner, from the day the hunt is booked until the... Read more

Norman Wells Transportation Ltd.

Truck rentals for Norman Wells area. Service station on site. Read more

Norman Wells Historical Society

Museum and Visitor information Centre for Norman Wells and the Canol Trail. Retail store carries gifts and clothing, unique fossils and Dene crafts from the Sahtu area. Read more

Mackenzie Mountain Outfitters Ltd.

Let us take you on the hunt of a lifetime! Our 8,000 square mile area is located between the massive MacKenzie Mountains and the Yukon border in the heart of the Canada's Northwest Territories. We offer non-resident... Read more

Little Dipper Bed & Breakfast

Four rooms available in comfortable house, meals available when needed. Read more

Jackson's B&B

Bed and Breakfast accommodation located in the historic Mackenzie River community of Fort Good Hope. Read more

Heritage Hotel

On the Mackenzie River with views of the Mackenzie and Franklin Mountain ranges. This hotel with 29 rooms accommodates 58. Read more

Grey Goose Lodge Ltd.

Welcoming and friendly with a rustic charm and all modern conveniences, Grey Goose Lodge offers a unique get-away for small groups and adventure seekers. The Grey Goose Lodge is the hub of community life and your... Read more

First Air

Canada’s largest diverse airline with a reputation as the leading “Airline of the North.” Read more

Drum Lake Lodge

Wilderness lodge located on the shores of Wrigley Lake. Access from Norman Wells. Read more

Dechenla Wilderness Resort

Remote naturalist'€™s lodge snuggled in the Mackenzie Mountains, in the largest mountain wilderness in North America. Located along the Canol Heritage Trail (Mile 212). Read more

Colville Lake Lodge

Accommodates 12 in beautiful log cabins in the Dene community of Colville Lake. Read more

Colville Lake Bed and Breakfast

Bed and breakfast lodge offers all amenities. Four rooms with additional accommodations on site. Read more

Canadian North

Scheduled passenger, cargo, and charter flight service. Connections from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut to domestic and international destinations. Enjoy Aurora Class service and collect Aeroplan points. Read more

Black Feather - The Wilderness Adventure Company

Guided wilderness canoeing, sea-kayaking and hiking adventures. Nahanni, Natla-Keele, Mountain, Coppermine, Hood Rivers. Photography, wilderness camping. Fully qualified guides, outfitted with top quality expedition... Read more

Association of Mackenzie Mountain Outfitters (AMMO)

An association of eight members who are the sole outfitters in the Mackenzie Mountains, each one of us outfitting and guiding in their own concession, undisturbed and alone. Using airplanes, helicopters and boats we... Read more

Arctic Red River Outfitters Ltd.

Arctic Red River Outfitters is a family run business in the Northern Mackenzie Mountains in the Northwest Territories of Canada. We specialize in high quality mountain hunting for big game in a true wilderness setting.... Read more

Redstone Trophy Hunts

Guided big game hunts with saddle and pack horses in the Mackenzie Mountains. Dall's sheep, mountain caribou, Alaska/Yukon moose, wolf, wolverine. Permanent base, with tent spike camps.   Read more

Sahtu Dene Inn

For anyone interested in booking a room, the Sahtu Dene Inn can accommodate up to 36 people. Free wifi, satellite television and working area for the business traveller. Kitchen facilities and living rooms are also... Read more

Sahtu Helicopters

Helicopter charter service supporting utility, exploration and eco-tourism including logistical support for rafting expeditions and hiking the Canol Heritage Trail. Read more

Northwest Territories Parks

To truly experience the Northwest Territories, take your camping gear for a highway driving adventure! Long ribbons of road without traffic jams or urban clutter take you through vast landscapes with unrivaled vistas -... Read more

Two Rivers Hotel

Cozy four bedroom hotel in Tulita.  Read more

Ursus Aviation

A native owned company with over 30 years operating experience. Serving the Sahtu and Yellowknife areas including Tulita, Norman Wells, Wrigley, Deline, Fort Good Hope and Colville Lake. Wheels, skis and floats. On- and... Read more

Gana River Outfitters Ltd.

Gana River Outfitters is a family owned and operated outfitting business offering remote wilderness hunts in the beautiful Mackenzie Mountains of the NWT. We offer 10-12 day horseback and backpack hunts in our exclusive... Read more

Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve

Find extreme outdoor adventure and near absolute seclusion at the headwaters of the South Nahanni River. Naats’ihch’oh protects an undisturbed expanse of river valleys and peaks in the Mackenzie Mountains, home to... Read more

Great Bear Gallery

The Great Bear Gift Shop is attached to the museum and carries traditional arts and crafts made by Aboriginal people from the Sahtu region and the greater NWT. Read more

Summit Helicopters Ltd.

Summit Helicopters is a member of The Ledcor Group of Companies. Ledcor is one of North America’s most diversified construction companies, serving the building, oil & gas, infrastructure, mining, power and... Read more

Ventures Dining Room & Canol Lounge

Located in the Heritage Hotel, Ventures Dining Room and Canol Lounge offer great food in a relaxed atmosphere. Read more

Our Lady of Good Hope Church

One of the oldest surviving churches in Western Canada, and a designated National Historic Site, this is a stop on the Mackenzie River you will want to make. Read more

Sahtu Aviation Museum

Learn about the aviation industry of the Sahtu region and view historical artifacts of interest. Located on Beaver Lane at the North-Wright Airways floatbase. Guided tours by appointment only, May to October. Read more

Plummer's Great Bear Lake Lodge

Great Bear Lake Lodge is located on the Dease Arm of Great Bear Lake and is home to the biggest Lake Trout in the world. Up to 60 and 70 pound Lake Trout can be caught and are always released to fight again. With the... Read more

Canoe North Adventures

Since 1987, offering guided canoe trips and hiking expeditions, logistical support and rentals for self-guided clients accessed through Norman Wells in the Sahtu Region of the Northwest Territories including the... Read more

MacKinnon Territorial Park

On the banks of the Mackenzie River in Norman Wells, MacKinnon Territorial Park offers a great view of the Mackenzie Mountains and is a perfect stop for river-trippers. There are eight non-powered campsites,... Read more

Little Dipper Bed & Breakfast

Four rooms available in comfortable house, meals available when needed. Read more

Jackson's B&B

Bed and Breakfast accommodation located in the historic Mackenzie River community of Fort Good Hope. Read more

Heritage Hotel

On the Mackenzie River with views of the Mackenzie and Franklin Mountain ranges. This hotel with 29 rooms accommodates 58. Read more

Grey Goose Lodge Ltd.

Welcoming and friendly with a rustic charm and all modern conveniences, Grey Goose Lodge offers a unique get-away for small groups and adventure seekers. The Grey Goose Lodge is the hub of community life and your... Read more

Drum Lake Lodge

Wilderness lodge located on the shores of Wrigley Lake. Access from Norman Wells. Read more

Dechenla Wilderness Resort

Remote naturalist'€™s lodge snuggled in the Mackenzie Mountains, in the largest mountain wilderness in North America. Located along the Canol Heritage Trail (Mile 212). Read more

Colville Lake Lodge

Accommodates 12 in beautiful log cabins in the Dene community of Colville Lake. Read more

Colville Lake Bed and Breakfast

Bed and breakfast lodge offers all amenities. Four rooms with additional accommodations on site. Read more

Sahtu Dene Inn

For anyone interested in booking a room, the Sahtu Dene Inn can accommodate up to 36 people. Free wifi, satellite television and working area for the business traveller. Kitchen facilities and living rooms are also... Read more

Northwest Territories Parks

To truly experience the Northwest Territories, take your camping gear for a highway driving adventure! Long ribbons of road without traffic jams or urban clutter take you through vast landscapes with unrivaled vistas -... Read more

Two Rivers Hotel

Cozy four bedroom hotel in Tulita.  Read more

Canoe North Adventures

Since 1987, offering guided canoe trips and hiking expeditions, logistical support and rentals for self-guided clients accessed through Norman Wells in the Sahtu Region of the Northwest Territories including the... Read more

Norman Wells Historical Society

Museum and Visitor information Centre for Norman Wells and the Canol Trail. Retail store carries gifts and clothing, unique fossils and Dene crafts from the Sahtu area. Read more

Ventures Dining Room & Canol Lounge

Located in the Heritage Hotel, Ventures Dining Room and Canol Lounge offer great food in a relaxed atmosphere. Read more

TRADITIONAL HANDGAMES TOURNAMENT

September long weekend

Annual Traditional Men’s Handgame Tournament. Over 200 people gather in Tulita to watch the exciting traditional games with over 30 teams participating. Read more

SPRING FLING

Early April

Enjoy the first days of spring in Norman Wells with a parade, dance, snowmobile races and a “rat-race” featuring wooden muskrats floating down the creek. Read more

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY

June 21

Territorial holiday with events in all communities. Contact town offices for details. Read more

RAMPART RENDEZVOUS

August long weekend

A community festival with cultural and traditional events, including tent setting, tea boiling, dryfish making, duck plucking, and canoe races along with a weekend of evening entertainment that consists of fiddle music... Read more

SPIRITUAL GATHERING

August long weekend

Annual event held on the anniversary of the prophet Ehtseo Ayha’s birthday. Congregate in Deline to participate in discussions and workshops for spiritual, religious, and healing purposes. The event is also... Read more