Why is it called Great Slave Lake?
The lake gets its name from the Slavey First Nations people who have long lived on its shores. Samuel Hearne came across the lake in 1771. He was followed by Alexander Mackenzie heading for the mouth of the Mackenzie River – later named after him, and then by John Franklin.
Does anyone live on Great Slave Lake?
Today, the Great Slave Lake shoreline is home to more than half the Northwest Territories’ population, living in five communities.
How deep is the Great Slave Lake?
At Enterprise, take Highway 2 to begin the Great Slave Route. This interesting drive takes you to two communities located along the southern shores of Great Slave Lake – Hay River and Fort Resolution.
Is the road to Yellowknife paved?
First completed in 1960 as a gravel and dirt road, the highway is now paved and realigned after years of work concluded in 2006. Access to Yellowknife prior to the opening of the Yellowknife Highway was possible only by airplane, winter road, or boat across Great Slave Lake.
Can you see Northern Lights in Yellowknife?
Yellowknife is the best place in the world to view the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. With our long and clear winter nights, mid-November to the beginning of April tend to be the best times of the year to visit for a good viewing.
Do you need a car in Yellowknife?
YK like many NWTcommunities is long and narrow. To really experience the place you need to, drive your own car. You can travel around to nearby sites like the old mine sites or drive an hour to Behcho Ko (formerly Rae Edzo). Lots to see and do in the capital and its best done in your own wheels.