Salt River

The Salt River runs through the town of Fort Smith, NWT.

All is very green right now because recently, there has been a lot of rain.

The Salt River is not salty, but is named for the nearby salt plains. The plains can be found in Wood Buffalo National Park and are very attractive to the many types of animals who like to lick the salt that has worked its way up from deep inside the earth.

During the fur trading days, the salt was collected for seasoning. It could still be used for this purpose today.

Happy Independence Day to our American friends and greetings from the non-salty Salt River. πŸ™‚

27 thoughts on “Salt River”

  1. The non-salty Salt River looks like a nice place. A peaceful and quiet area. Your photos are very pretty.

  2. You most definitely live in a very beautiful region. I’m on a short vacation right now in upper New York State. This area is full of mountains and trees and old villages. Very beautiful.

  3. Canada is such a beautiful place. I can’t wait to get back. Thanks for the Independence day greeting. I left you a Canada day shout-out on Monday (Appropriate) on Caitlin’s baby boomer post. We were fighting and I wanted to end it on a friendly note. I have few enough healthy relationships without allowing them to be contaminated with religious/ social/ political issues, but that’s a different story. Watch for bee balm any minute, if everything goes well.

    1. Thank you for your good wishes – much appreciated. πŸ™‚

      There’s nothing wrong with disagreement imho; I think it’s healthy. It’s whether you still respect the other person afterward – that’s the important part. πŸ™‚

      1. I checked out the Salt river from satellite maps. It looks like what is called a “meandering river”. Low drainage makes it look like a snake. It flows into the Slave river which than flows through Fort Smith.
        Looks like a great canoe trip!

        1. Yes, it is a good canoe trip! After it joins the Slave River, there are some rapids where the pelicans like to congregate. Whooping cranes also nest in Wood Buffalo and the area. As you probably know, the cranes are very rare.

  4. Lush indeed, very beautiful. But it does bring to mind being in Iqaluit once, hearing someone say that Fort Smith wasn’t really Arctic, someone else asked why not, and the crushing answer was: “It’s got trees!”

    1. Oh yes, that’s very true! Fort Smith is north but not arctic. Iqaluit is definitely arctic, and no doubt about it (there are some trees there too, just quite small). A lot of people in the south don’t understand that I’m not in the Arctic. πŸ™‚

      1. Once, dropping below the cloud cover in our approach to Ottawa airport after a flight from Iqaluit, a little boy — obviously peering out his window — piped up: “Mummy! mummy! Trees!!!” The entire plane-load chuckled appreciatively

  5. What a gorgeous river. I bet that there are lots of deer to enjoy the salt. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You’re welcome. πŸ™‚ We don’t see many deer in this area. Their range is more southern. We do see lots of bison and bears on the salt plains though, and moose as well as lynx.

  6. So pretty and calm, and I bet the salt from the nearby areas is healthier than some salts that can be purchased today.

    Thanks for the Independence Day wishes! (just call me late to the party, lol)


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