Where we live: colville Lake

where we live: colville lake

 

A little introduction to K’áhbamítúé – “Ptarmigan net place”

Location:
67°02′ N, 126°06′ W
 
Elevation:
259 metres
 
Population:
149
 
Traditional name:
K’áhbamítúé – “Ptarmigan net place”
 
Setting:
On the shores of Colville Lake, surrounded by sparse black-spruce forest, 50 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle
 
Languages:
North Slavey, English
 
Ethnicities:
Dene (K’ahsho Got’ine, formerly often called Hareskin)
 
Getting here:
By air from Norman Wells or, in winter, by ice road from Fort Good Hope
 
Founded in:
1962, when the Our Lady of the Snows Catholic mission was constructed, drawing K’ahsho Got’ine hunters and trappers back to the area from Fort Good Hope
 
Claim to fame:
Founded by, and the longtime home of, Bern Will Brown, an Oblate priest, painter, pilot and author who lived here until his death, at age 93, in 2014
 
Don’t miss:
The tiny local log-cabin museum, showcasing the region’s art and history
 
Best daytrip:
Fishing for grayling, trout and pike at the Colville Lake Lodge
 
Best expedition:
Driving here via the 648-kilometre winter road from Wrigley
 
More info:
To get the whole story on “K’áhbamítúé, the “ptarmigan net place,” explore Colville Lake