Yellowknife Northwest Territories: End of the road

These locals have the right of way and can be found just about anywhere along the roads.
These locals have the right of way and can be found just about anywhere along the roads.
as we learned the proper name is Bison not Buffalo.
As we learned the proper name is Bison not Buffalo.

Day 31 Mileage 6,557.6 kms. We travelled 340.5 kms today from Fort Providence to Yellowknife. After touring Fort Providence we headed out across 200 kms of burnt out forest, and forest in an ever-changing variety of trees. We ran into several wood bison herds on the way and all had young by their sides. We also spotted a black bear just outside the Fort.  We took our time travelling, checking out spots we could boondock on our way back. About 100 kms from Yellowknife the landscape changed drastically from sandy forest land to rock and the closer to Yellowknife the larger the rock size and amount of rock. Yes we are in the Precambrian Shield of Canada where they build cities on a rock. We got in later and the truck and camper were totally covered in mud from gravel roads and construction so after several frustrating attempts we finally found a carwash, $22 later it was near clean. We then fueled up $1.79/litre and checked in at the Fred Henne Territorial Park at $33.50. The park has showers, swimming area, and boat launch and washroom facilities. Being as it is on the outskirts of Yellowknife the nearby airport and highway make it a bit noisy. We had requested a non-electrical site and were told they were all electrical. Later finding out there must have been a communication breakdown as we found a number of un-serviced sites. See what tomorrow brings.

Closer to Yellowknife the Lanscape changed as we entered the Canadian Shield.
Closer to Yellowknife the landscape changed as we entered the Canadian Shield.
Built on the rocks
Welcome sign to Behchoko native community along the road to Yellowknife.
Welcome sign to Behchoko native community along the road to Yellowknife.
No French here
No french here.
Our first view of the Great Slave Lake from the Northwest end.
Our first view of the Great Slave Lake from the northwest end.
Great Slave Lake one of the largest inland lakes in the world.
Great Slave Lake, one of the largest inland lakes in the world.
Home of the Thcho people Northwest Territorial Park.
Home of the Thcho people North Arm Territorial Park.
A proud heritage lives on in the north.
A proud heritage lives on in the north.
Our stay at the Fred Henne Territorial Park on the outskirts of Yellowknife.
Our stay at the Fred Henne Territorial Park on the outskirts of Yellowknife.
A very unique campground built amongst the rock.
A very unique campground built amongst the rock.
Great hiking and a large beach area are features of the park as well as the close proximity to Yellowknife
Great hiking and a large beach area are features of the park as well as the close proximity to Yellowknife.
The park has many areas of interest regarding the native settlers and people of the area.
The park has many areas of interest regarding the native settlers and people of the area.
Not gold but diamonds, and the early mines lots to discover.
Not gold but diamonds, and the early mines lots to discover.
An original log cabin in its natural setting.
An original log cabin in its natural setting
Still weathering the storms and hand built.
The windows appeared to be low to me.
The windows appeared to be low to me.
Beauty is everywhere if one looks.
Beauty is everywhere if one looks.

Day 32 Mileage 6,656 kms travelled only 98.3 kms today from Yellowknife to the end of the road then back to Reid Territorial Park campground. We picked up some supplies at Co-op in Yellowknife and found grocery prices quite comparable with those in Saskatoon some items a little more some a little less but pretty much on par. We then headed to the end of the road down Highway 4. The end of the road is at Tibbet Lake where in the winter the ice road starts so semis can haul supplies to the diamond mines further north. A beautiful drive and a really nice stopover area at the roads end. The water is clear and the air totally unpolluted fresh. The drive takes you up and down a curvy road through rough rock landscape of the Canadian Shield. On the way back we stopped at Reid Lake campground. The campground offers dry camping only but has showers, potable water and sani dump. This is possibly one of the nicest campgrounds we have stayed at on our trip and there have been some really nice ones. The tent camping facilities up in the rocks are fantastic and the RV sites are large, well maintained and not a bad one on the loops. Our mid-week rate was $11.81 and the weekend rate (Fri. to Mon. $23.63 taxes in). Firewood not included but available at $10/bundle.   Reid Lake is great for canoeing, fishing and the start of a canoe route that finishes in Yellowknife. We were not planning on staying but booked 2 nights which was all that was available to us. Unfortunately, as with all parks that offer online booking reservations weekends and prime time the sites are all booked but not always utilized. We loved the Yukon no reservation first come first served policy worked in the past for campgrounds and works just fine now for the Yukon Parks and tourists.

On our way to the end of the road. Starts out paved twisty and a lot of hills and valleys.
On our way to the end of the road. Starts out paved twisty and a lot of hills and valleys.
It always starts out paved then the pavement ends.
It always starts out paved then the pavement ends.
The sign was down but we found the end of the road it stopps at waters edge and that's as far as you get until freeze up.
The sign was down but we found the end of the road it stops at water’s edge and that’s as far as you get until freeze up.
Well worth the drive and a beautiful quiet stop with no more road to travel.
Well worth the drive and a beautiful quiet stop with no more road to travel.
Always time for a break from driving.
Always time for a break from driving.
Our lunch stop at the end of the road.
Our lunch stop at the end of the road.
A great view from the end of the road just natural wilderness.
A great view from the end of the road just natural wilderness.
The Canadian Sheild is definitely unique and a must see to realize the gigantic size some rocks can be.
The Canadian Sheild is definitely unique and a must see to realize the gigantic size some rocks can be.

Day 33 No mileage today as we did not move we enjoyed Reid Lake campground it was quiet this morning a slow start. We talked ourselves into inflating the Sea Eagle and going for a paddle to see the rapids and totally enjoyed a morning on the water. We managed to dock on the rocks and hike overland to see the rapids and the effort was worth it. A day of hiking, showers, camper maintenance, I also managed to get some writing done on my blog as we will be leaving for Yellowknife tomorrow and cell coverage. I took time out of my writing when a fellow I had been talking to from Ontario asked me to fillet and debone a couple of Jack he had caught with his grandson. So after a two fish deboning class I decided never to tell anyone I knew how to debone Jack again. An evening of sitting around the fire and a short hike, it’s getting busy and nosier now as the weekend locals are arriving. We’ll be on the move again tomorrow it was nice and a great campsite. We had threatened some friends we met while in Hythe on our way to Dawson City we would visit them in Yellowknife sometime. Well as we were departing their daughter said ‘see you in Yellowknife’ at the time considered a bit of a joke between us as we were not planning to head to Yellowknife on this trip. Well as you know our plans changed, we enjoyed their company in Hythe and tomorrow we would end up on their driveway, we did phone to warn them, and lesson learned be careful who you invite they may show up.

The road leading to Reid Lake Territorial Park home for the next two nights.
The road leading up to Reid Lake Territorial Park home for the next two nights.

Reid Lake home for two nights would have stayed longer but online reservations trumped being there in person, so we had to leave.
Reid Lake home for two nights would have stayed longer but online reservations trumped being there in person, so we had to leave.
Lakes everywhere this the view from Reid Lake.
Lakes everywhere this the view from Reid Lake
Reid Lake.
Reid Lake.
Just about as dark as it gets up here at Reid Lake.
Just about as dark as it gets up here at Reid Lake.
It's no wonder this campground is popular with tent sites like this and not a bad RV site in the whole campground.
It’s no wonder this campground is popular with tent sites like this and not a bad RV site in the whole campground.
Caught this fellow on a hike not sure what it is looked like it could be a Black Fox if there is such a thing.
Caught this fellow on a hike not sure what it is looked like it could be a Black Fox if there is such a thing.
We finally inflated the Sea Eagle and went to check out the falls we were told about by the other campers.
We finally inflated the Sea Eagle and went to check out the falls we were told about by the other campers.
A very beautiful rocky shoreline.
A very beautiful rocky shoreline.
We hiked across to the falls having stopped on shore up stream.
We hiked across to the falls having stopped on shore up stream.
The falls were more like rapids but still not into trying to navigate them.
The falls were more like rapids but still not into trying to navigate them.
Trees water and rocks it just does not get better for me.
Trees water and rocks it just does not get better for me.
The camera or perhaps the photographer cannot do justice to the beauty one sees.
The camera or perhaps the photographer cannot do justice to the beauty one sees.
Just could not help photographing the contrast.
Just could not help photographing the contrast.
Now this is tenting near Reid Lake.
Now this is tenting near Reid Lake.

Thanks again for following along and hope you enjoy the photographs we really enjoyed the Northwest Territories and the vast wilderness. In my next blog we will share some experiences and photographs of a very unique northern city Yellowknife NWT.

We are now back home at the cabin in Saskatchewan and slowly catching up on sharing our travels to the Yukon and NWT returning through northern Alberta and Saskatchewan and you’r invited along….hope to see you down the road!

Gerry and Charlottee

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