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One of Canada’s least populated provinces is home to dynamic towns and wilderness areas that entice adventurous travelers. Don’t expect big crowds here — instead, enjoy wide-open spaces and bustling waterways.

1) Fort Smith

Starting Point

Visit the Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre to learn about the area’s First Nation heritage. Drive through nearby Wood Buffalo National Park and tour the nation’s largest national park. Keep your eye out for protected herds of bison that roam free.

2) Hay River

Drive 169 miles, 3 hours, 9 minutes
This town sits on the shores of majestic Great Slave Lake. At 374,905 square miles, its ranks as the tenth largest lake in the world and the deepest in North America (more than 2,000 feet at its deepest point). Not surprisingly, big adventure abounds on the lake, including fishing for trout, arctic grayling, whitefish and northern pike. Houseboating is huge here, with several residents abiding in colorful, floating homes. Go paddleboarding, canoeing or kayaking on the calm, clear waters (weather permitting).

3) Lady Evelyn Falls

Drive 80 miles, 1 hour, 24 minutes

This magnificent waterway is home to several majestic cascades that rival Niagara Fall in height and spectacle. There are numerous stops and hiking trails, and Lady Evelyn Falls and Sambaa Deh Falls never disappoint.