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The Barrenlands

The Northwest Territories barrenlands are not really barren at all. Camps in the barrenlands provide opportunities to view and photograph a variety of wildlife, including caribou and muskoxen. Your base is a comfortable lodge on a scenic barrenland river or lake. The fishing is great, too. 

The land blooms with tiny plants that form a soft green and yellow carpet each spring and by autumn the colours change to rich dark reds. The predominant land features are called eskers, sand and gravel ridges that were deposited in neat lines by continental ice sheets during the ice age. Analysis of the movement of glacial deposits across the land led prospectors Chuck Fipke and Stuart Blusson to locate diamonds in the barrenlands in 1991.