"Arctic Nights" Northwest Territories Nightlife Tip by crummey
Northwest Territories Nightlife: 1 reviews and 5 photos
Lac De Gras is at approximately 64 degrees north; Very close to the Arctic Circle.
The winters are long and cold. The primary industry is the diamond mines and dozens of junior mining companies have staked claims for hundreds of miles in every direction. The NWT Mining Act dictates for how long that people can stay. The mining camps are drug and alcohol free. There is a disproportionate male to female ratio.
Ek’ati is the name of a Diamond mine near Lac De Gras, NWT. There are other diamond mines in the vicinity including Diavik Diamond Mine on East Island, Lac De Gras, Snap Lake Diamond Project and Tahara Diamond Mine in nearby Nunavut.
Alcohol is banned from the camps. The established mines are designed with "arctic corridors" so that people rarely have to leave the buildings. In spare time from work, people press weights, exercise, pursue their individual hobbies, cruise the net, watch satellite TV, gossip etc. But in the smaller Junior mining company's exploration camps, life is more modest. The nights are very long in winter and the northern lights are, of course, breath taking.
If you are thinking about coming to the Lac De Gras region, access is by the “Ice Road” from late December to early April. For the rest of the year access is only by plane.
Dress Code: Parka, gloves, mittens, balaclava, sweaters, windpants, socks, long johns, scarf, chap stick.
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