Little-peopled, untamed and Artic—Canada’s Northern Territories are what wilderness is all about. Talk about getting off the grid: the vast expanses of forests, rivers and icy isles seem to stretch Northward into infinity, with none but the wildlife and your fellow adventurers to share it with. Water lovers dig their paddles into the Great Slave Lake and the rivers of Nahanni National Park. Skiers and dogsledders bundled up and hit the white winter lands of Yellowknife under a midnight sun. Wildlife watchers and birders espy moose, caribou, snakes and whooping cranes in Wood Buffalo National Park. If you’re feeling in need of some human contact, head into the quirky towns, where indigenous cultures thrive and a pioneer spirit endures. Or, for the diehard adventurer, head out into the wilderness solo, and hike through the wild, unpeopled terrain towards the shimmer of Northern Lights. This is what outdoor living is all about.