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Great Slave Lake
Northwest Territory

Named by Samuel Hearne after the Slavey peoples, Great Slave Lake is the fifth-largest lake in North America. The product of a massive post-glacial pool, cold, deep and frozen 8 months of the year, Great Slave is a vast reservoir for numerous rivers and streams. It is the fourth largest lake in Canada, one of the north's great providers of transportation, food and shelter.
The early settlements on the shores of Great Slave Lake were all originally Hudson's Bay Company posts. The fur trade dominated the economy almost to WWII. In the 1930s, the gold rush was in full swing and the small town of Yellowknife quickly sprouted into a full-blown shantytown. Some prospectors made millions - many others lost everything.
Recreation activities abound in summer and in winter - hiking, camping, sport and ice-fishing are all popular. In March, visitors enjoy the Caribou Festival and the Championship Dog Derby.
In Lutsulk'e, a remote community of the Chipewyan nation live much as their ancestors did thousands of years ago. For them the lake has always provided abundantly. The Bathurst Caribou herd that winters nearby remains their main source of physical, mental and spiritual health.

Early explorers of the Great Slave
Lake region include Samuel Hearne, Laurent Leroux and Alexander Mackenzie. Learn more here.
Far North Wildlife
Caribou, bison and wolves, breeding waterfowl and many fish species depend on Great Slave Lake’s ecosystem.
Learn more here.
Keepers of the Land
The First Nations at Great Slave Lake include Chipewyan, Yellowknife, Dogrib and Slavey. Learn more here.
All Season Fun
Summer solstice golf in the land of the midnight sun; winter wonderland viewing the Northern Lights. Learn more here.