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View of Colville Lake

Colville Lake

Bern Will Brown art in 'Our Lady of Snows' log church

Colville Lake

Colville Lake

Colville Lake sits 80 km above the Arctic Circle and is one of many very traditional communities in the Northwest Territories. And with 159 inhabitants, it is also one of the smallest. Its traditional name, K’áhbamítúé, translates to “Ptarmigan net place.” A visit here presents an ideal opportunity to relax and connect with the land. Get here by air from Norman Wells, or winter road from Fort Good Hope.

Colville Lake is the home of the Hareskin Dene, whose traditional lifestyle of fishing, hunting and trapping is alive and well. It is also the home of the Oblate priest, painter and author, Bern Will Brown. He built Our Lady of Snows Catholic Mission when he moved up in 1962 and is responsible for the gorgeous Northern-themed Stations of the Cross paintings inside the church.

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