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Whati

Whati is a community of about 525 people that rests on the shores of Lac La Martre – the third largest lake in the NWT. Wildflowers like fireweed flourish around log homes in the older part of Whati – providing an authentic feel to this cozy community. In this traditional community the primary languages are Tlîchô and English.

How you make your trip to Whati will depend entirely on the time of year. Flights from Yellowknife descend onto Whati’s gravel runway daily until winter when the lakes and tundra freeze. Once the terrain has frozen, locals drive the 145 kilometre road of ice to Behchoko, located just outside of Yellowknife.

If wildlife and adventure fascinate you, you may want to make Whati your new home. Wildlife is abundant; any day you may see black bears, barren-ground caribou, eagles and grey wolves. The extensive northern marshland is a primary bird migration route and home to thousands of geese, ducks, swans, gulls, red-breasted mergansers, terns, loons, mallards and bald eagles.

Whati is also renowned for its excellent trout fishing. Boat and fishing tours can be arranged.

The Mezi Community School offers education from Kindergarten to grade 12 and the community is equipped with St. Bruno’s Catholic Church, the RCMP, a grocery store, a bed & breakfast, and a convenience store. If you’re on the hunt for handmade artwork and crafts like mittens, gloves, beaded jackets, dream catchers, and moccasins, visit the community store.

Remember that NWT communities may permit alcohol without restriction, have some restrictions, or ban alcohol altogether. Whati is proud to be a “dry community” meaning that the sale, possession and consumption of alcohol is prohibited.

Come traverse the tundra, paddle the lakes and explore the territory. Soak in the thrill of nature and comfort of tradition in this northern nook.