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Northwest Territories Guide


The Northwest Territories is northern Canada’s least visited hinterland, with visitors often sidestepping the region in favour of Yukon or Nunavut. But if it’s an aboriginal, sparsely populated wilderness that you’re after, this part of the country is hard to beat. From the capital, Yellowknife, outdoor lovers will find endless opportunities for canoeing, hiking and fishing in summer, but winter visitors will need to brave arctic conditions in order to appreciate the Northern Lights and superb dog-sledding.

Hiring a Vehicle

The best way to tour this remote northern region at your own pace is with car hire in Northern Territories. Pick up a vehicle at Yellowknife Airport or Yellowknife city centre through a leading supplier such as Alamo, National or Hertz. Be sure to compare car hire beforehand to secure the lowest price.

Transport Options

Airports dot the territories, making covering vast distances by air easy. Yellowknife is the main gateway, but there are airports at Fort Good Hope, Fort Simpson, Fort Liard, Fort Smith, Inuvik, Hay River and Norman Wells. All airports offer domestic flights only. There is no rail service but Greyhound buses come in from neighbouring provinces. Highways 1, 7 and 8 connect with Alberta, British Columbia and Yukon, respectively.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Northwest Territories

Driving the highways with car rental in Northwest Territories is a memorable experience, with wildlife around every corner. While the wildlife makes for great viewing, drivers need to take care not to hit bison, black bears or caribou. Winter weather sees some routes close so plan road trips in advance. Gravel roads are best negotiated with a four-wheel drive, but some rental agreements only allow for travel on paved roads.

Not to be Missed!

From Yellowknife, visitors can make side trips into the hinterland to appreciate the Northern Lights or go dog-sledding or wildlife viewing. Drivers can travel the Dempster Highway to Inuvik to see the so-called Igloo Church and explore the surrounding wilderness. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Nahanni National Park Reserve protects the spectacular South Nahanni River and features hot springs, waterfalls, river canyons and other beauty spots.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Summer temperatures in Yellowknife can hit 20°C and are accompanied by continuous or long daylight hours, making for ideal outdoor activity conditions. July and August are the most popular months with visitors. Winter temperatures of -40°C are not uncommon, making a January visit only for the brave. Things are less bracing in March or April, when snow is still on the ground.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Canadian dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    50 - 100 km/h
  • Language
    English, French

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

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