Communities

The Local Government Administrators of the NWT (LGANT) has information about the 33 communities across the NWT. Information about our communities can be found at: http://33strong.ca, select the Community Finder icon on the bottom right of your screen.

Additional information about life in the NWT can be found at: http://www.comemakeyourmark.ca/play.

Dehcho Region

The Dehcho Region is comprised of six communities ranging in size from 1,247 in Fort Simpson to 72 in Jean Marie River. The communities are all situated along the water on either the Mackenzie or Liard Rivers or the aptly named Trout Lake. The region is home to some of the most spectacular attractions – the Nahanni River, Virginia Falls, Trout River and the Mackenzie Mountains.

North Slave Region

The North Slave Region is comprised of eight communities ranging in size from 19,888 in the capital city of Yellowknife to 145 in Wekweeti. In 2005, the region’s Tłı˛cho˛ communities, Behchoko˛, Gameti, Wekweeti and Whati, successfully implemented self-government. 52% of NWT population call this region home. There are many outdoor activities available throughout the region as well as a host of campgrounds, including one right in the city of Yellowknife. The communities in the North Slave Region are well-known for their fishing and are regular competitors in top fishing towns in Canada.

Inuvik Region

The Inuvik Region is comprised of eight communities ranging in size from 3,504 in Inuvik to 135 in Sachs Harbour. All eight communities are within the Arctic Circle. The region borders the Yukon Territory, Nunavut and the Arctic Ocean. 16% of the NWT population lives in the Inuvik Region. The 747 kilometre Dempster Highway, an all-weather road linking the communities to the Yukon Territory, and all of the natural beauty along it is one of biggest attractions. Summers in Inuvik truly feel endless as the sun does not set for upwards of 50 days throughout June to August.

Sahtu Region

The Sahtu Region is comprised of five communities ranging in size from 844 in Norman Wells to 160 in Colville Lake. Norman Wells is the commercial and administrative centre and has the highest average level of income in the NWT. Three of the communities are supplied by summer barges travelling along the Mackenzie River, while the other two are supplied in the winter by trucks travelling the winter road. The only operational oil field is located in this region and more than $500 million in oil is shipped annually. Some major tourism assets in the Sahtu Region include the Canol Heritage Trail, Great Bear Lake, Mackenzie River and the Mackenzie Mountains.

South Slave Region

The South Slave Region is comprised of six communities ranging in size from 3,691 in Hay River to 54 in Kakisa. Kakisa is the NWT’s smallest community. Hay River is the largest community in this region. It serves as a major transportation hub and is one of Canada’s largest inland ports. Fort Smith is the former capital of the NWT and remains a major educational centre for the territories. Wood Buffalo Nation Park, one of the largest in Canada, is headquartered in the South Slave Region.