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Gone Fishing in the Northwest Territories
The vast Northwest Territories are dotted with hundreds of lakes—and the entire state of Massachusetts could fit into the largest, Bear Lake, with room to spare. But it’s not just the lakes that are enormous. The 10 fish species here include lake trout, which can grow to 70 pounds, and the great northern pike, which can measure up to 50 inches. Even small lakes offer an abundance of fishing choices, not to mention the rivers and streams. Fishing packages may come with full guide service, fine dining, and activities for families, including kayaking and cooking classes. Others include housekeeping camps where you bring your own food. Some locations are close to historic or cultural sites, and Inuvialuit or Dene Elders might be on hand to introduce traditional lifestyles. But you won’t just see fish in the NWT—you’ll also experience some of the last untamed wilderness in North America. Along the shore, you’ll see and hear birds from all over North and South America. You may catch sight of a herd of muskox roaming the tundra, or a lone wolf tracking his prey. Curious foxes peek from the underbrush while eagles demonstrate how to catch dinner.
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