A new exhibit in Downtown Vancouver aims to show that Canada’s territories are vibrant places with more than just snow and ice.

Organizers of Northern House, a pavilion dedicated to the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, opens Friday at Hastings and Seymour streets. A large Inukshuk stands by the entrance.

“When the world comes to your doorstep, you welcome them. That’s what the Northern House is here to do,” said Peter Taptuna, Nunavut’s minister of economic development and transportation.

The free exhibit is divided into three parts — one for each territory. Visitors can try a virtual reality sleigh ride under the northern lights, see a stuffed polar bear, and experience First Nations performers and culture.

According to VANOC CEO John Furlong, Northern House “shows the world what kind of a country we are.”

“Part of the job of the organizing committee is to tell a great Canadian story ... This (Northern House) is a remarkable achievement.”