Houseboats in Yellowknife

Yellowknife's houseboat community is truly living off the grid. It began in the early 1980s when one or two families built their own houseboats on old river barges. The community has grown over the years, and the colourful and energy efficient housing in Yellowknife Bay is a one-of-a-kind attraction for this northern city. Summer boat tours offer glimpses of these floating homes, and in winter, ice roads lead right to their doors. The seasons in between present hazards for houseboaters, when Great Slave Lake ice is forming, in early winter, or melting, in spring. At that time of year, the 'boaters either stay home for a week or two, tending their anchors, or, dragging a canoe behind them for security, they brave the shifting ice on foot, heading for town.