Getting Around

I arrived in the Northwest Territories at the end of February for a work assignment. It was -25C and one of the roads leading to the small community where I’m currently staying looked like this.

Very cold; very beautiful.

Here’s another view of the same road taken about an hour later.

Northern winter days are short.

If you watch Ice Road Truckersyou might be interested in this ice road that goes across Great Slave Lake from Yellowknife to a small community called Dettah. M and I drove across the frozen lake at -35C.

Great Slave Lake – very frozen!

Here’s a short video.


An ice castle was being built on the lake.

An ice lake ice castle.

The Snow King lives.

Two months later, the days are much longer – it gets completely dark at about 9:30 – and it has become much warmer. The south is a lot further ahead but it is spectacular here, too.

Great Slave Lake.

How is your spring?

13 thoughts on “Getting Around”

  1. Pretty photos. You’re brave to drive on the ice lake. I’d be scared it would break through.

    I moved back to my hometown area (Midwest U.S.) after 25 years in Florida. I really, really, really missed the change of seasons, and yes, I missed the beauty of snow. I’m giddy over experiencing this transition to spring. Had unusually mild temps here this April.

    Thanks for sharing a bit of your time away. Enjoyed seeing it.

    1. Thank you very much. 🙂

      It’s actually frozen enough to hold thousands of pounds, but I have to admit I had some trepidation at driving on it. It’s a ploughed groomed road and everyone else was taking it in stride. We even passed someone who was jogging and a couple of others who were kiteboarding on the ice – burrr! At -35C I couldn’t imagine tolerating it!
      It is beautiful here but I get a real sense of how dangerous it is too. I’m glad it’s started to warm up.

      Yes, I very much enjoy the seasons as well. I used to live in Arizona and while there I missed them terribly.

  2. The pictures are great but, to paraphrase Samuel Johnson, the Northwest Territories may be a place worth seeing but not worth going to see (unless you are required by work).

    1. Hahaha. 🙂
      I’m quite amazed at the large numbers of tourists (many more than I thought would be visiting) especially from Germany and Japan. The Japanese are very interested in the Northern Lights and the Germans want to experience dogsledding and winter camping. It can all be done apparently quite luxuriously – heated seats for viewing the lights and tents that are more like houses. In those circumstances, I guess it’s worth going to see. 😉

    1. It so is! Yes, the names are amazing (btw, Great Slave is named after the Slavey First Nation, not because there were slaves), and driving on a frozen lake is an interesting experience. Come along for a visit – everyone should see a bit of the north. Today I saw four black bears, one of them just outside the car window. 🙂

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