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Cameron River on the Ingraham Trail just east of Yellowknife

Hub of the Northwest territories, Yellowknife lies on the arm of the Great Slave Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Canada, covering 11,031 square miles. It is in the Canadian Shield geology area, close to the treeline limit. Northeast of Yellowknife is the new diamond production area of Canada.

For the oudoor enthusiast, this is a wonderful area to explore. Make sure you travel the Ingraham Trail, which heads east from Yellowknife and more or less follows the Cameron River, a series of lakes, falls, rapids and magnificent Canadian Shield landscape for about 35 miles. Lots of bears in this area!

The south /west shore of Great Slave lake, is mostly white sand beaches, accessible only by water or air.

The eastern arm of the lake is also the deepest part, well over 2000' The lake remains cold all year long. There is a major commercial fishery on the lake for whitefish, lake trout and pike.

Read about this kayaking adventure by John Lockwood as he and his wife toured the lake. (complete with exquisite photos)

Workhorse of the North

Much of the transportation in the Yellowknife area involves the sturdy DeHavilland Beaver aircraft. It is capable of landing on water with floats or on snow or ice with skis. In areas of open tundra it can be equipped with oversized tundra tires. Other aircraft used include the Twin Otter, Buffalo and Caribou.

Arctic Grayling

The fishing in the Yellowknife area is excellent with beautiful Arctic Grayling ready to take your fly. Notice the huge dorsal fin. They can reach more than 5 pounds in some of the bigger lakes.

They are delicious eating too, and when freshly caught have a fragrance reminiscent of the herb thyme... hence their Latin name: Thymallys arcticus

  • Last visit to Yellowknife: Jun 1988
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • omehes's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Hi. Thanks for the informative site. Just wanted ask: What was the driving up to Yellowknife like? I am planning to go up there this august. Are the roads OK? Many thanks.

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Great tips and photos! Did you find any gold up in the Yellowknife area? Best from New Jersey, Bill

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2007 at 6:18 PM

    Great pictures to look at on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas!

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2006 at 5:06 AM

    wow, what a whopper ! one that didn't get away eh ?

  • Sep 8, 2005 at 8:45 PM

    a really delightful page, cool photos and nice tips. enjoyed reading through your homepage as well. greets from the land down under. W_W

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2005 at 6:22 AM

    Fantastic photos -- I clicked on all of them. Our local paper had a long article on the Northwest Territories today, so I thought I'd have a look and see what VTers have to say about them.

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  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2004 at 1:48 AM

    Liquid chocolate in Yellowknife. Sounds so lyrical...

  • Dumpymotel's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2004 at 6:05 PM

    Your David statue could sure use some clean underwear.

  • irisbe's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2004 at 7:07 AM

    Those are wonderful views! With all that fish you capture, no wonder your kitties look so satisfied `-)


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