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Cops train for winter

With law enforcement teams coming in from all over North America, including the FBI and ERT (Emergency Response Team, essentially Canada’s answer to SWAT), it’s easy to wonder what the winter preparedness camp on the shores of Great Slave Lake has to offer. “It’s very ordinary, but that’s the thing that will get you killed […]

Sledders race on big lake

Riders from all over the South Slave and Northern Alberta took to the tracks last weekend in the first snowmobile, quad, and bike races of the Hay River season. “We’ve got people here from all over,” said Kurtis King, a member of Race Hay River, the organization that put on this first of three racing […]

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Fishers haul in record amount in 2013

Fishers on Great Slave Lake netted $817,000 worth of fish in 2013, compared to $503,000 in 2012, according the Bert Buckley Sr., a member of the NWT Fishermen’s Federation. “That’s on account of our efforts and the grace of Mother Nature,” he told The Hub. “The last time these levels were reached was 2006-2007.” Buckley […]

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Learning on the lake

  Lessons were taught on Great Slave Lake for the penultimate day of the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre’s three-week summer culture camp on Aug. 29. The kids got their hands dirty learning to seine – a fishing technique whereby a net is dragged through the shallows in an attempt to catch tiny fish to use […]

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Good run has fishermen hopeful for future

  A good run may make for more work, but Marius McCallum wouldn’t have it any other way. “We’ve had good weather this year,” he said while unloading his latest catch at Fisherman’s Wharf. “It’s been good fishing out there going on two weeks. We normally only get one.” McCallum is part of an industry […]

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Learning in a lifeboat

  For Albert Bourque, Hay River’s maritime history has been buried for too long. “As a small boy, I lived here, and NTCL (Northern Transportation Company Limited) was the only transportation company in the North,” he said. “There were no highways and the harbour was a busy place.” Bourque, in partnership with NTCL, wants to […]

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Training on the lake

  Hay River recently hosted a group of six RCMP officers from the northern region of the NWT, along with a Mountie from Alberta and one member of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, Hay River Unit, for a week of marine search and rescue training on Great Slave Lake. “Some of them are a little […]

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B.C. adventurer to travel around Great Slave Lake in rowboat

  There are a select few people who would dare to take on Great Slave Lake in a rowboat, and yet British Columbia resident is doing it for a second time. “It’s a bucket list thing,” Knowlton said on a sunny June 18, while loading his boat at the Porritt Landing public dock. “I wanted […]

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River breaks up quietly

The final stage of break-up happened on Sunday, and it was like nothing happened at all. But really, this year’s break-up has been rather uneventful, so far. “It’s been a relatively calm year compared to past years,” said Kevin Wallington, town councillor and spokesperson. “I think the biggest thing is that we’ve got a really […]

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