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Old 10-02-2013   #16 (permalink)
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Just seeing this report now. This is my part of the woods. I currently live in Hay River. Very nice pics indeed!
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Just seeing this report now. This is my part of the woods. I currently live in Hay River. Very nice pics indeed!
Thanks! I'm happy you enjoyed them. I'm hoping to make the trip to Fort Resolution and Fort Smith in a couple of years.
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Fort Resolution is not really worth the drive, in my opinion, but Fort Smith most definitely is. It's located right in Wood Buffalo National Park, and there are so many cool places to visit around it: Rapids of the Drowned, Pelican Rapids, Salt Plains, etc...and there are bison everywhere! In the spring, as soon as the snow/ice starts to melt, you can witness the snake pits, where the only snakes found north of 60 all congregate in huge mating balls over a few days, very cool. It's too bad the road doesn't continue on to Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta because that's a nice little town located on Lake Athabasca, and one of the oldest settlements in western Canada...unless you want to take the winter ice road which runs between January and March, but you'll need a 4x4 truck for that run (we've done it a few times as we lived there for 10 months). Winter is also the best for seeing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Thanks for actually venturing north of 60...most people will never bother and I truly think they are missing out!
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Fort Resolution is not really worth the drive, in my opinion, but Fort Smith most definitely is. It's located right in Wood Buffalo National Park, and there are so many cool places to visit around it: Rapids of the Drowned, Pelican Rapids, Salt Plains, etc...and there are bison everywhere! In the spring, as soon as the snow/ice starts to melt, you can witness the snake pits, where the only snakes found north of 60 all congregate in huge mating balls over a few days, very cool. It's too bad the road doesn't continue on to Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta because that's a nice little town located on Lake Athabasca, and one of the oldest settlements in western Canada...unless you want to take the winter ice road which runs between January and March, but you'll need a 4x4 truck for that run (we've done it a few times as we lived there for 10 months). Winter is also the best for seeing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Thanks for actually venturing north of 60...most people will never bother and I truly think they are missing out!
Thanks for the tips about Fort Smith About how long does it take to drive there from Hay River? I am committed to driving the Dempster next summer, but I hope to have time for Fort Smith in 2015.

I usually make at least one trip north of 60 each year, most often to the Yukon and Alaska. There's something about the far north that just keeps drawing me back. The wildlife and scenery are two things that make any northern trip worthwhile, but above anything else, it's the unique quality of light and intensity of colour that make it a real treat every time.

While I always encourage people to venture north, on the whole, I'm happy that most people never bother to make the trip; visit Juneau, Ketchikan or Skagway during cruise ship season and you'll see what I mean .
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nice pics! nice to finally see the bridge over the mackenzie river as the last time i went across it was a ferry that took us over.
used to live in yellowknife, not too far from pilots monument, over on latham island. has definitely changed a lot since i was there running around that hill as a kid. on the side of the hill there was a crashed beachcraft plane that sat all torn up that we used to play in. all the float plane bases were great...inthe winter the landing strip that was maintained on the ice was a great drag strip for snowmobiling. in the summer the float planes were flying in and out non-stop. and of course the wild cat cafe where gramma would take us for milkshakes in the summer.
and the architecture there is very different than in the south...very circumpolar. love the legislature. did you get to the prince of wales heritage museum? i was in grade school and we were in attendance at the grand opening when prince charles came up. very cool place.
havent been back in 20 + years. need to head back. thanks for the pics!
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nice pics! nice to finally see the bridge over the mackenzie river as the last time i went across it was a ferry that took us over.
used to live in yellowknife, not too far from pilots monument, over on latham island. has definitely changed a lot since i was there running around that hill as a kid. on the side of the hill there was a crashed beachcraft plane that sat all torn up that we used to play in. all the float plane bases were great...inthe winter the landing strip that was maintained on the ice was a great drag strip for snowmobiling. in the summer the float planes were flying in and out non-stop. and of course the wild cat cafe where gramma would take us for milkshakes in the summer.
and the architecture there is very different than in the south...very circumpolar. love the legislature. did you get to the prince of wales heritage museum? i was in grade school and we were in attendance at the grand opening when prince charles came up. very cool place.
havent been back in 20 + years. need to head back. thanks for the pics!
Glad you liked the photos! One thing I noticed about Yellowknife is the very conspicuous recent prosperity; lots of brand-new, fully-loaded pick-ups and SUVs, lots of large new houses, busy restaurants, etc. The diamond mining industry has been a huge boost to the local economy and more than offset the loss of the two big gold mines.

I didn't make it to the Prince of Wales museum - partly because I was running out of time and needed to get to Fort Simpson before dinner time, and partly to give myself a further incentive to return someday.

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