The boreal forest has many stories to tell from the ancient rocks of the Canadian Shield to the youthful forest that rides on its back to the footprints of a snowshoe hare followed by those of a lynx. All the dramas of day-to-day life in this wintry environment are written on the surface of the snow and below its frosty layers. Strap on the snowshoes for this unique guided adventure as your guide, Rosie, helps you “read” the pages of an ever-changing novel in Yellowknife’s backyard. Guests will have an opportunity to warm up with tea and Rosie’s famous cranberry cake in a heated Prospector’s tent located in the forest around Pontoon Lake.
Tour Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Winter, Early Spring
Special Considerations: Please come dressed for the weather, including warm footwear.
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The Prelude Nature Trail takes you through geological time from the bottom of an enormous glacial lake onto some of the oldest rocks in the world. Along the trail, one can see mini-gardens of lichens, Labrador tea, moss, cotton grass and wild berry bushes with ingenious spruce and stalwart pine standing by like sentinels of time. With beautiful vistas onto Prelude Lake, it is a tour for those who want to sample aspects of this beautiful part of the boreal forest.
Tour Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Special Considerations: Please come dressed for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes, plus bring your own water bottle. There will be slippery surfaces along this trail with the rocks and boardwalks.
For hundreds of years, the plants in this circumpolar forest have provided food, shelter, and medicine to the people who have lived here and those that pass through. Join us for a hike amongst the greenery on the shores of Frame Lake to check a few things off this northern shopping list.
Tour Duration: 3 hours
Meeting Location: Legislative Assembly Building Entrance
Season: Winter, Spring, Summer
Special Considerations: Please come dressed for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes, plus bring your own water bottle. There will be slippery surfaces along this trail and minor hills to climb.