Monday, June 14, 2010

Day 28 –High Level, Alberta to Hay River, NWT

Today’s Mileage 199
Miles to Date 2801
Miles Remaining 6521


Today we reached the first goal of our summer trip as we crossed the 60th Parallel into the North West Territories.





The highway from High Level to Hay River is in excellent condition with many pull outs that for breaks and even overnight parking.







The Northwest Territories (NWT) is the second largest of Canada’s three territories. It stretches from the Arctic Ocean in the north, west to the Mackenzie Mountains, south to the borders of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan and east to the Nunavut border. Much of Canada’s longest river, the Mackenzie River, and two of its largest lakes, Great Slave and Great Bear, are in NWT. the 2008 population was 43,283.

The NWT is home to three major diamond mines supplying 15% of the world’s diamonds. Canada is the third largest diamond producer by value in the world. The collective operations of the NWT mines reached 16.6 million carats worth $1.4 billion in 2007.

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