“Place of the cisco fish”

Population: 299

This traditional Chipewyan town is the only settlement on Great Slave Lake’s fish-filled, cliff-cradled East Arm – site of the proposed new Thaidene Nene National Park. The scenic community is accessible only by air, boat or snowmobile, and is an ideal jumping-off point for angling and paddling trips in Christie and McLeod Bays and over Pike’s Portage into the muskox- and caribou-rich Barrenlands.

Location: 62°24′ N, 110°44′ W
Elevation: 168 metres
Population: 310
Name means: “Place of the cisco fish”
Former name: Snowdrift (changed in 1992)
Setting: On the rolling, rocky shore of Great Slave Lake’s East Arm, not far from the mouth of the Snowdrift River
Languages: Chipewyan, English
Ethnicities: Chipewyan (Dënesųłiné)
Getting here: By air from Yellowknife
Founded in: This is the ancestral territory of the Chipewyan Dene. A Hudson Bay post was established here in 1925, followed by a Roman Catholic church and, in 1960, a school
Claim to fame: Gateway to the soon-to-be-created Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve, covering much of Great Slave Lake’s cliff-flanked East Arm and the adjoining Barrenlands
Don’t miss: Catching pike, trout, grayling and whitefish at Frontier Fishing Lodge, located at the mouth of the Stark River just two kilometres north of Łutselk’e
Notable locals: John Rombough, artist; René Fumoleau, priest and author
Best expedition: Paddling or boating throughout Great Slave Lake’s East Arm

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