In 2007, 3.4 million watched the premiere of Ice Road Truckers, the first reality TV series filmed in the NWT, making it the most-watched original telecast in History Channel’s 12 year history.

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Highways, ice roads and airlines cover the vast expanse of the Northwest Territories, from the north edge of Alberta to the Beaufort Sea.

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In 2009, the NWT had the highest retail sales per capita in Canada, at $15,968, some 30 percent higher than the Canadian average of $12,312.

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Tourism is the largest single renewable resource based industry in the NWT, and a major economic motivator with $111m in expenditures in 2010/2011.

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Products include wood and metal fabrication for the mining and exploration industries, boats, and concrete and home products. Can mineral processing be next?

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Agriculture, fisheries, trapping and commercial game harvesting generate income and employment for many NWT residents.

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Most NWT construction firms start small with little more than a tool box and a pickup truck. Some have grown considerably, expanding into southern Canada and abroad.

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In the Northwest Territories electricity is generated in three ways: hydropower, diesel fuel and natural gas. Future options include geothermal, biomass and wind power.

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The NWT has world-class deposits, including an estimated 8.2 billion barrels of oil and 97 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves.

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Mining is the largest economic sector in the Northwest Territories, with the diamond mines generating approximately $1.7 billion in export sales.

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