If you ever find yourself visiting the charming city of Yellowknife, do not miss the chance to get inside a floatplane and tour the area from the sky. Whether you’re going flightseeing or being flown to a secluded lake for some incredible fishing, floatplanes are the thing to do in Yellowknife.
Prior to our visit in August 2017, I had never been inside a floatplane before. I had been in many little 4-seater planes, helicopters, and a variety of massive jetliners. I had also jumped out of a plane and even flew one myself – albeit just for a few minutes. However, flying in a floatplane had always been on my bucket list. I find it so cool that you can land them on lakes and rivers and in a place like Yellowknife, there’s a reason why floatplanes are all the rage.
Not only is Yellowknife located on the edge of massive Great Slave Lake, it’s also surrounded by hundreds of other secluded lakes, none of which can be reached by road. Therefore, the only way to truly experience this “neck of the woods” is to take a floatplane to one of the many lakes, stay in an isolated lodge, go fishing, and spend your nights under a plethora of stars and if you’re lucky, Aurora Borealis. If staying at a lodge or fishing isn’t your thing, another option is to take a flightseeing tour, which will bring you up in the sky for amazing aerial views of the area, allowing you to see just how vast the landscape really is.
During our visit, we were actually staying in a place called Yellow Dog Lodge, which is situated right between Graham Lake and Duncan Lake. We had two lakes all to ourselves, caught our dinner each and every day, spent our nights around a campfire or in a wood-burning hot tub, and even slept on a floating barge. Then, when it was time to go back home, we had Open Water Charters pick us up, fly us over the seemingly endless forest, and back to Yellowknife where we got back in our car and made our way towards the Yukon. It was such a cool experience to have a floatplane pick us up in the middle of nowhere. We also flew over the city of Yellowknife and saw all the colorful houseboats on the lake. It truly felt like an adventure.
If you’re coming all the way up to Yellowknife, there’s a good chance that you’re here to experience the wilderness, go fishing or hunting, and possibly see the Aurora Borealis dance above your head. If that’s the case, I’d highly recommend taking a flightseeing tour over the area or using a floatplane as transportation to find your own little slice of secluded northern paradise.
In the Northwest Territories, this is how it’s done.
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