In the North Slave, here's what not to miss

Great Slave Lake, with its epic East Arm. The battle-plated Canadian Shield. Great Barrenland rivers like the Thelon and Coppermine. Timeless villages, nestled in the back of beyond. And ancient bedrock, strewn with gold and diamonds.

Made illustrious by the show Ice Road Truckers, the world’s longest ice-road launches out east of Yellowknife and weaves clear to the Nunavut border. En route, it traverses great lakes, summits whalebacked outcrops, and passes caribou belonging to some of the largest herds on Earth.

Soon to be protected as Thaidene Nene National Park, the East Arm of Great Slave Lake is a wild wonderland. Here you’ll find a wealth of fishing lodges, sailboats, muskoxen, historic sites, shore cliffs, kayakers, towering lookouts, mega-sized fish, serene islands, sacred waterfalls – and the pretty community of Lutselk’e, an outpost of traditional Chipewyan life.

This big boreal reserve protects Canada’s northernmost population of wood buffalo, which are almost inevitably seen browsing along Highway 3. Roadside parks in the area – including North Arm and Chan Lake – provide an opportunity to stretch your legs and explore the area’s flora and landscape.

Whether you visit Gamètı̀ for a traditional handgames tournament, or head to Whatı̀ to see the community’s stunning waterfall, or make your way to Behchokǫ̀ to go fishing in Marion Lake or Great Slave’s North Arm, the villages of the Tłįchǫ region are scenic strongholds of Aboriginal tradition. 

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