Updated: Sep 23, 2022
We all love to eat, and in the Northwest Territories, great food experiences can be found just about everywhere. Wild or mild, there are dishes that take you out of this world, or remind you of real home cooking long ago.
A feast is shared
Start your culinary tour with a stop at a community feast. Here in the Western Arctic you can try maktak (beluga), reindeer, dry fish and even muskrat, a local delicacy. Everywhere you go, bannock – a kind of tea biscuit- might be spiced with delicious local berries and baked over a wood fire.
Fish is always on the menue
The Northwest Territories is famed for its fish. You can try our fresh northern fish at a unique heritage restaurant on the shore of Great Slave Lake. Out fishing? Savour a “shorelunch” - Northern Pike, Pickerel, or Grayling fresh from the lake and cooked over a campfire by your guide. Arctic Char is a specialty of the northern coast. Lake Trout from Great Bear and Great Slave Lakes is often on the menu.
Food treats at local markets
If you thought local vegetables are out of the question in the Northwest Territories, think again. Greenhouses and small farms are springing up in almost every community. Fresh vegetables, home baked breads and even home grown potatoes are on offer, in season, at local markets.
Welcome to the Whitefish capital
At Hay River, try fish fresh from the lake at the summertime Fisherman’s Wharf. In town, pick up a dozen or more fresh eggs grown locally and then pick your own berries on a small farm nestled in a little valley by the Hay River. At a local restaurant, try Whitefish, Ling Cod or Pickerel served homestyle.
Adding local flavours
On the land, your meal of muskox or moose steak might be cooked to order on a wood stove the traditional way, and served in a canvas tent. Chefs in several communities are creating delicious meals with wild harvested ingredients. Adventurous eaters can sample a roast flavoured with spruce buds, or with locally sourced morels.
From our tradition to yours
From traditional northern foods, flavoured with wild berries or birch syrup, to the traditions of southern Asia, Europe and north Africa, our restaurants and street food cater to all tastes. Custom burgers and wraps, unique teas, and fresh roasted coffee are widely available. And a pint or two from the NWT’s favorite brewery will ensure a pleasant evening.
Further information on the Northwest Territories can be found at www.spectacularnwt.com.