This Tłįchǫ Dene community of about 500 is set on the shore of huge, pristine Lac La Martre. This is the ancestral territory of the Tłı̨chǫ Dene. In 1773 a Northwest Company trading post was established here but closed in 1817. More than a century later a new trading post opened here, followed by a school in 1955.
Its name translates to "Marten Lake," but Whati is renowned as a trophy fishing destination -- Lac La Martre is full of monster Pike and Lake Trout. It is also known as a great place to spot migratory birds. In addition to incredible wildlife, another highlight of this community is the stunning Whati Falls, twin cascades that are accessible by road from Whati. Be sure to bring your rod and reel as the Grayling fishing in the rapids below the falls is fantastic.
Access to Whati is a quick flight from Yellowknife or a scenic 125-kilometre drive by ice road from Behchokǫ̀ in the winter.