The Northwest Territories has a beautiful new information centre to greet road traffic arriving from Alberta at the 60th parallel crossing on the Mackenzie Highway south of Enterprise.
Visitors will be impressed with the clean, modern, sophisticated new centre that showcases experiences available in different communities in a series of story boards. Impressive in the middle of the large interpretive room is a massive erect polar bear.
The grand opening of the centre took place last Thursday, June 2 with Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) Minister Bob McLeod, Deh Cho MLA Michael McLeod and Chief Roy Fabian of the K’atlodeeche First Nation leading a group of over a hundred guests. It included a barbeque lunch and speeches.
A highlight of the new centre is the giant new highway sign that says “60th Parallel – Welcome to the Northwest Territories.” The word “Northwest” is an attractive shade of green and “Territories” is in electric blue. The stylized sign contains a compass. The sign is unique and dramatically seems to impose itself onto the road as the driver approaches. The initial design of the sign was by Outcrop, a Yellowknife graphics company. It, along with all the interpretive story boards in the centre, were created by Poison Painting, a Hay River sign company.
The new visitor centre has been under construction for the last two years. The design and implementation were carried out under the auspices of Tom Colosimo, regional tourism manager for ITI in the South Slave.