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Iglulik’s Levy Uttak wins national tourism award

Levy Uttak of Iglulik captured the Most Inspiring Cultural Ambassador award from the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada on Nov. 14. The distinction goes to someone who “inspires those around them in a way they...

GN struggles to grow tourism without more investment

“Nunavut is a niche destination, particularly among international travellers.” That’s a key line from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism’s Annual Tourism Report 2018-19. In GN surveys, 99.8 per cent of tourists to Nunavut reported...

Fishing for a great tourism idea

Of all the public meetings we attend in Hay River, discussions about tourism are among our favourites. We're not quite sure why that is, but we believe the opportunity to come up with ideas that...

GNWT public meetings on tourism stop in Hay River

Travelling public meetings to discuss the future of tourism in the NWT made a stop in Hay River on Nov. 26. The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) is hosting public and stakeholder meetings...

Residents brainstorm tourism ideas

More collaboration is needed between all stakeholders to improve tourism, which will have an improvement on investment, prices and other facets of life in the Beaufort Delta region. That was the conclusion of a roundtable...

Air show to return to the skies over Yellowknife in 2020

When Yellowknife Air Show failed to take wing in 2018, the city took notice. Nearly two years later, RCAF Maj. Steve Thompson, one of the airshow's organizers, has heard the call and said he’s excited...

The tourism train is coming

Visitors will be travelling the NWT over the next two weeks asking for people's wish lists. No, they aren't Santa's elves – they're GNWT bureaucrats working on the territory's next five-year tourism plan. "We're really...

Mavis Elias Adjun expanding into eco-tourism in Kugluktuk

Mavis Elias Adjun and her spouse Colin have not only learned to take over a business, they’re expanding on it. Mavis Elias Adjun is scaling up from outfitting to eco-tourism through Adjun Adventures Outfitting in...

Tips for tourism: NWT Tourism CEO talks business

There is no doubt that tourism has a growing part to play in Yellowknife's economy. Cathie Bolstad, CEO of NWT Tourism industry spoke to the room of about three dozen Chamber members, highlighting the importance...

QIA imposes fees for tourism operators

Commercial tourism operators accessing Inuit-owned lands in Nunavut's Qikiqtani region will now have to pay fees to the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. The Qikiqtani Inuit Association is introducing fees that will affect commercial tourism operators who...

Draft of Wayfinding strategy unveiled for city

Council saw the first glimpse of a strategy to update and replace signage in the city on Sept. 16. The new strategy – prepared by Lees and Associates, Avens and Associates and Outcrop Communications –...

Former visitors centre to be demolished at a cost of $600K

Demolition of the former Northern Frontiers Visitors Centre -- which is slowly sinking into Frame Lake -- will start later this year, with a price tag of $597,000. A document tabled in the legislative assembly...

EDITORIAL: A high visibility visitors centre a must

Let’s be realistic, if the territorial government were to invest in repairing or rebuilding the visitors centre, would you be behind investing your somewhat limited resources in a refurbished or even a shiny new...

Revisiting the visitors centre

“The money is gone. The building is gone. The Association is gone.” That's how Yvonne Quick, ex-bush pilot and founding member of the now-defunct Northern Frontier Visitors Association, describes the conclusion of the organization and...

EDITORIAL: Yk in the summer

As we head into nearly 19 hours of daylight, people prepare for the peak period in the territory for outdoor activities. Yellowknife is a premier, outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. With plenty of camping, fishing,...

NWT Tourism turns to Mexico

As part of ongoing efforts to attract foreign visitors, NWT Tourism will be heading down Mexico way. “Just as much as we Northerners are fascinated about those sunny locations, Mexicans are actually quite interested in...
From the left, Snowking (Anthoiny Foliot), Mayor Rebecca Alty, MP Micheal McLeod and owner of Jackpine Paddle Adam Wong gather at the Visitor's Centre to announce $250,000 in funding toward three tourism initiatives in Yellowknife. Brett McGarry / NNSL Photo

CanNor gives $250,000 to three tourism initiatives in Yellowknife

MP Micheal McLeod announced on Feb. 14 that Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) will be providing funding to the tune of $250,000 to three tourism initiatives based in Yellowknife. The funding will go to...

Focus on business: SunDog Adventures

Started by husband and wife team of Christine Wenman and Richard McIntosh, SunDog Adventures opened their doors on Jan.23, bringing a unique blend of adventure tourism and kick sledding to Yellowknife. A popular pastime in...

Bucket List Tours plans to stay small

Yellowknife-based business Bucket List Tours has been operating full-time for about a year, but its owner Tracy Therrien has decades of experience in the Northern tourism industry. She started out as a travel agent and...
The Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife during a recent rennovation. Tourists in the city could soon pay a 4 per cent levy on accomodations. NNSL file photo.

City given green light to consider hotel levy

A new hotel tax could soon be imposed in the capital after territorial government gave municipalities the green light last week. Bill 18: An Act to Amend the Cities, Towns and Villages Act was passed...

Inuvik sees 34 per cent increase in tourist traffic

Inuvik saw a significant jump in the number of visitors it had this year, but the increased tourism isn't necessarily bringing in more money for local tourism operators. Since the end of August, the Western...

Local entrepreneurs should take advantage of tourist season

Many residents of Inuvik have a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Countless cooks sell sushi rolls, Eskimo donuts and other fare every day on the Inuvik Buy Sell Trade Facebook page. Teenage baker Karis Dekwant sells impressive cakes...

Inuvik, Tuktoyaktuk gear up for summer tourism boom

The newly-completed Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway is expected to draw five to 10 times the average number of visitors to the region, according to Annie Steen, the economic development officer for the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk. Steen said...

Conferences could be big draw for town

With the new floor covering for the hockey arena at the Midnight Sun Complex, the Town of Inuvik is eying the potential to host more conferences and events to help support the local economy. The...

Cam Bay hires cruise ship coordinator

  Cruise ship passengers from around the world coming to Cambridge Bay this summer don't know it, but Cathryn Epp is racing to ensure they have a most memorable experience. Epp, who started her job with...

Layoffs follow visitors centre closure

A ringing phone cuts through the silence in the Northern Frontier Visitors' Centre. Occasionally someone yanks the locked door. There's no one there to answer the phones, no one to tell tourists where to...
The Northern Frontier Visitors Centre has served as a tourism hub for the city but structural issues have led to broken windows, cracked walls and sections of the building closing. Now the association that owns it. Shane Magee/NNSL photo

Tourism hub shuttered after Northern Frontier Visitors’ Centre found unsafe

An engineer deemed more of the Northern Frontier Visitors' Centre unsafe this week, prompting the building to close for more than a day. The popular tourism hub near Frame Lake closed 5 p.m. on Tuesday...