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Yellowknife is located on the North Arm of Great Slave Lake at 62°27’N and 114°22’W, 201 air km northeast of Hay River.

Yellowknife’s name originates from the copper-wielding Chipewyan tribe which fought the Dene for many years. Organized gold mining began in the mid-1930s when Consolidated Mining and Smelting began operations at the present Miramar Con Mine site. During the gold rush days before the start of the Second World War, plywood shacks and shanties littered Latham Island, Peace River Flats and Willow Flats. The few remaining original buildings show the no-frills approach to construction.


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