Signing up enhances your TCE experience with the ability to save items to your personal reading list, and access the interactive map. Great Slave Lake is located in the Northwest Territories. It is the second largest lake entirely within Canadian borders, the fifth largest in North America, and the tenth largest in the world. Two arms, referred to as the North and East arms, extend from the lake.
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Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories , is an isolated mining town built on gold and now sustained by diamonds—an outpost of civilization surrounded by a vast, austere landscape of rock and tundra and water—most notably, the enormous Great Slave Lake, on whose shore the city is built. Come for the wilderness and stay for the people, who know how to make their own fun in this raw country. When to Go: Summer in the Northwest Territories is short and sweet. Folk on the Rocks , an outdoor music festival on Long Lake and the biggest event of the season, lands in mid-July. Due to its location, Yellowknife is blessed with spectacular views of the northern lights, best seen near the fall and spring equinoxes. Heading further afield?
Great Slave Lake
The lake shares its name with the First Nations peoples of the Dene family called Slavey by their enemies the Cree. Indigenous peoples were the first settlers around the lake after the retreat of glacial ice. Archaeological evidence has revealed several different periods of cultural history, including Northern Plano Paleoindian tradition 8, years before present , Shield Archaic 6, years , Arctic small tool tradition 3, years , and the Taltheilei Shale Tradition 2, years before present.
We may earn a commission from affiliate links. Covered by ice for eight months of the year, Great Slave Lake is the fifth largest lake in North America and the 10th largest lake in the world. This body of water, in the Northwest Territories, is part of the Mackenzie River System, and reaches more than meters deep in places, a length of kilometers east to west, and up to kilometers across. The lake gets its name from the Slavey First Nations people who have long lived on its shores.