Tourism in Tulita gets a boost

News release

Investment supports growing interest in campground facilities in hamlet

September 4, 2018 – Tulita, NT – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

Developing tourism infrastructure in the North allows communities to grow and diversify their economies. That is why the Government of Canada, through the Northern Aboriginal Economic Opportunities Program (NAEOP), has invested over $79,000 to construct a campground and facilities in the Hamlet of Tulita.  

The announcement was made today by Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor.

Funding will go towards the construction of a campground with twenty camping pads, fire pits, communal eating shelters, washroom facilities, and a seasonal dock to allow access from the Bear River. The campground will enhance facilities for summer tourists, extend the camping season into the winter, and increase seasonal community employment.


“Our government is strongly committed to working collaboratively with residents, businesses, as well as with local and territorial governments to bring people together on projects that benefit their communities. There are great opportunities for economic and tourism development thanks to the Bear Creek Campground and we’re proud to see the community seizing these. This investment will help provide an enjoyable experience for tourists and will benefit residents of the Hamlet of Tulita.”

-    The Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor

“Through this investment, there will be increased economic activity in the Hamlet of Tulita. Residents will benefit from increased visitor numbers and spending. The Government of Canada is proud to support projects that foster economic development and support the wellbeing of communities in the North.”

-    Michael McLeod
Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories

“The Bear River Campground will enable Tulita and the Sahtu Region to further tap into the direct and indirect benefits created through tourism. The project demonstrates the successful collaboration at the local, territorial and national levels to build on regional strengths to advance economic diversification.  This is the second campground that will be established in Tulita in as many years, which speaks to the community’s overwhelming ability to welcome visitors and in doing so, build and expand their economy.”

-    Wally Schumann
Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of Northwest Territories

“The campground is for the benefit of the residents of Tulita and our visitors to help promote healthy, active living.”

-    Honourable Rocky Norwegian
Mayor, Hamlet of Tulita

Quick facts

  • CanNor funding for this project was $79,957 with the Hamlet of Tulita contributing $82,936, and the Government of the Northwest Territories adding $30,000. Total funding for the project is $192,893.

  • The Hamlet of Tulita is a small Dene and Métis community of 500 accessed by air and winter road only.

  • The community is a stopping point for guided and unguided paddlers undertaking trips on the region’s various rivers.

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Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
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Manager, Strategic Communications and Media Relations

Hamlet of Tulita
Tim Tomczynski
Economic Development Officer

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