Friday, August 07, 2009

About Northwest Territories (NWT) | Tourism, Climate, Jobs and more



In line with the recently launched Northwest Territories Nominee Program, I think you will be interested to know more information about Northwest Territories - cost of living, job opportunities, climate, etc.

Northwest Territories (NWT)
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Here are some information about Northwest Territories.

Tourism
The Northwest Territories is a land of contrasts. It is 1.17 million square kilometres of mountains, forests and tundra threaded by wild, clean rivers feeding thousands of pristine lakes. Over 40,000 people live amid this rugged natural beauty.

Nature is in balance here. You can view rare wildlife species, from white wolves to white whales, and see herds of bison, prowling bears, moose and caribou by the thousands.

This is the land where the world's best northern lights dance during the dark winter months and where the sun never sets during the summer. For more information about Northwest Tourism, visit Spectacular Northwest Territories (http://www.spectacularnwt.com)

Climate
Here's NWT Climate information from Wikipedia:
The Northwest Territories reaches for over 1,300,000 square kilometres (500,000 sq mi) so there is a large climate variant from south to north. The southern part of the Territory (most of the mainland portion) has a subarctic climate while the islands and northern coast have a polar climate. Summers in the south are short but warm with daytime high's reaching on average the low 20 °C (68 °F) with overnight lows around 10 °C (50 °F). Winters are long and cold with daytime high's in the −20 °C (−4.0 °F) and lows in the −30 °C (−22.0 °F). Summers in the north are short and cool with daytime highs in the mid teens and lows in the single degrees. Winters are long and harsh, daytime highs in the mid −20 °C (−4.0 °F) and lows around −40 °C (−40.0 °F). Extremes are common with summer highs in the south reaching 36 °C (97 °F) and lows reaching into the negatives. In winter in the south its not uncommon for the temperatures to reach the −40 °C (−40.0 °F)'s but can also reach the low teens during the day. In the north temperatures can reach the low 30 °C (86 °F), and lows can reach into the low negatives. In winter in the north its not uncommon for the temperatures to reach the −50 °C (−58.0 °F) but can also reach the single digits during the day. Thunderstorms are not rare in the south, but in the north they are very rare but do occur. Tornadoes are extremely rare but have happened with the most notable one happening just out side of Yellowknife that destroyed a communications tower. The Territory has a fairly dry climate due to the mountains in the west.

For a more information about NWT climate, visit NWT's Environment and Natural Resources website http://www.enr.gov.nt.ca

Jobs
Mining, government and tourism are the cornerstones of the Northwest Territories economy. http://www.jobsnorth.ca/ is where you will find job vacancies in the Northwest Territories.

Yellow Knife
Aside from being the Capital of Northwest Territories, Yellow Knife is known as the Diamond Capital of North America. The abundance of minerals, oil and gas in the NWT has had dramatic economic impacts on Yellowknife.

Filipinos in Northwest Territories
Based on 2001 Statistics Canada reports, Canadians of Filipino origin made up around 1% of the populations of the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

For more information about Northwest Territories, visit http://www.gov.nt.ca