Sambaa K’e

Sambaa K’e

“Trout lake place”

Population: 104

Located on the sandy shores of its namesake lake, this placid, traditional Dene settlement is famous for its fishing. Townsfolk run the nearby Saamba K'e Fishing Lodge, featuring log cabins and excellent angling for Trout, Pickerel and Pike. The community is accessible by aircraft in summer or by a 126-kilometre ice-road off Hwy 1 in winter.


Location: 60°27′ N, 121°15′ W
Elevation: 495 metres
Population: 99
Name means: “Trout lake place”
Setting: On the flat, sandy, thickly forested southeast shore of Trout Lake at the mouth of the Island River
Languages: South Slavey, English
Ethnicities: Dene (South Slavey)
Getting here: By charter aircraft from Hay River or Fort Simpson, or by the 126-kilometre winter road from the Mackenzie Highway
Founded in: The late 1960s, when a school and other services were established at this site, which for centuries had been used by Slavey Dene fishers, hunters and trappers
Don’t miss: Fishing at the community-run Sambaa K’e lodge, with excellent angling for walleye, pike, grayling and trout

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