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Trees of the NWT

The NWT is a unique area where you see it all regarding trees. Depending on where you are, the streets are lined with trees, and as you continue further north, you will see no trees!

There are 11 types of trees in the NWT, and the average height of the trees is about 25 meters. The trees are balsam poplar, black spruce, dwarf birch, jack pine, mountain alder, paper birch, subalpine fir, tamarack, trembling aspen, white spruce, and willow.

Did you know that indigenous people use plants for many day-to-day utensils and specialty items? Wood-based trees can be used as fuel, for buildings, canoes, boxes, totem poles, paddles, sticks, spear shafts, bows, arrows, toys, snowshoe frames, and so much more.

There are other uses for trees, such as glue from resin, plants for dye, and good ol’ syrup.

Not only are trees valuable to human’s trees provide a home to many animals! In the NWT, during winter, you may see ptarmigans, ravens, eagles, magpies, house sparrows and others! Many other animals and bugs use the trees as protection and home all year round.

Next time you are out for a walk, look at the trees or bushes around you and see if you can identify the tree and any animals that call the tree home! See if you can find the tallest tree on your route as well!

Take the average high of the trees in the NWT, being 25m tall. It will take 66,320 trees laying down to reach from Zhatıé Kų́ę́ to Tuktuuyaqtuuq along the Big River.

Be sure to send us your best frosty faces, beautiful places, generations on the move, and dog pictures as you walk on and why not add a few images of your favourite trees!