Łutselk'e, or "Place of the cisco fish," is the only settlement on Great Slave Lake's storied (and beautiful) East Arm – site of the new Thaidene Nene National Park. Marked by soaring red cliffs and seemingly unlimited Lake Trout, this scenic community of about 300 Chipewyan Dene is accessible only by air, boat or snowmobile. It is an ideal spot to launch bucketlist-level angling and paddling trips in Christie and McLeod Bays and over Pike's Portage into the muskox- and caribou-rich Barrenlands.
Formerly known as Snowdrift (for the Snowdrift River), Łutselk'e was established with a Hudson Bay trading post in 1925, followed by a Roman Catholic church. It returned to its traditional name in 1992.
The community is a 45-minute flight from Yellowknife and scheduled flights go between Lutselk'e and Yellowknife at least once per day, every day of the week.