Mighty Mackenzie River

The Northwest Territories’ Mackenzie River is the centre point of the longest river system in Canada, and includes the second largest drainage basin of any North American river after the Mississippi.

Winter Mackenzie River
Summer Mackenzie River

At times, it’s large enough to make you feel as if you’re on an ocean.

Happy Friday. 🙂

20 thoughts on “Mighty Mackenzie River”

    1. That’s actually a layer of broken ice covered in snow. Years ago, before there was a bridge, there used to be an ice road across it (it’s the highway to Yellowknife). Now, with all the warming that’s going on, I don’t think it would be at all possible. Yesterday, we had +3C. This is December in the Arctic! It should be -25 right now.

  1. Knowing what lies underneath would make the ice bridge crossing a bit anxious, especially for truckers. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend Lynette. Allan

    1. Luckily, there’s a bridge. And given the global warming that’s going on, there’s no way you could rely on an ice road. We had +3 yesterday. This is my fifth winter here and December is usually in the -20 to -35 range (the later into December, the colder it is). When I took that photo a week ago, there was only broken ice covered by snow.

      1. We hiked the river valley on the 2nd (me in shirtsleeves) and the river is still wide open. A lot of broken ice along the shore, but the frazil pans have come and gone twice. +8 yesterday and the same for today with cool weather not returning until Tuesday?

        1. Wow. I have very close friends in Medicine Hat, and we chat fairly frequently. Their weather has been wild. They had -20 one day and +20 two days later (that was back in late Oct, I think.) It has been very sporadically up and down since.

    1. There’s LOTS of boating. It’s First Nation river/land and there are many traditional activities, both winter and summer. The day the summer photo was taken, I saw a water skier (I wouldn’t want to try that in winter. 😉 )

    1. It is an enormous river. The day I took that photo wasn’t too cold, in spite of the snow; it was about +4C. Warm for NWT in late November! We’re expecting much colder temps later this week; about -20C or so.

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