About the Deh Cho
ENCOUNTERS WITH WILDLIFE
When you spot wild animals near the highway, you will know exactly what is meant by the saying "The wilderness begins at the edge of the road." On the Deh Cho Travel route, drivers commonly see a wide variety of animals, both big and small.
Many of the roadside marshes and ponds have a resident family of the industrious beaver, colonies of muskrats, even minks and river otters. Watch for moose, deer, woodland caribou, bison and black bears who frequently venture onto the roadway and may become a serious hazard to motorists. A good rule is that wildlife always have the right of way!
For your own safety and that of the animals, please slow down as you pass and never approach or attempt to feed them.
For information on bear safety issues, visit Parks Canada and Northwest Territories Environment & Natural Resources.
Please remember - All bears are dangerous !
One of the greatest pleasures while driving the route is seeing birds of every description in their natural habitat.
Waterfowl converge from all over the continent. Thousands of swans, geese, sandhill cranes, loons, grebes, ducks and even white pelicans return every year to our wetlands and river corridors. Look along muddy shorelines for lesser yellowlegs and spotted sandpipers.
Keep an eye out for magnificent birds of prey. You can see bald and golden eagles, great horned owls, rough-legged hawks, kestrels and merlins as you drive through our mountainous landscapes, river valleys and the boreal forest and plains.
Songbirds from white-throated sparrows, finches, blue jays and whiskey-jacks to robins, grosbeaks and juncos also visit each summer. Other birds commonly seen are ruffed grouse, spruce grouse and woodpeckers.
One voice you'll hear everywhere is that of the raven – the northern trickster and year-round resident. The big black birds are clever scavengers, never far from roads and campgrounds.
Angling in the north is a special experience. Lake trout, grayling, pickerel (walleye), dolly varden, whitefish and pike are abundant and your chosen fishing hole can be as remote as you wish it to be.
Great Slave Lake with its combination of trophy-size fish and interesting variety of fish species make it an angling experience without equal in the world. The most common fish are delicious - ciscoes, whitefish, lake trout and pike. A number of lodges and camps are available for sport fishing.
Separate licenses are required for each province, the Northwest Territories, and the national parks. For more information on fishing regulations by province and territory, check with the local visitor information or on these websites: