Just over 75% of the population of
Canada live within 90 miles of the US border. This is the Great
Slave Lake still ice covered on the 2nd of August 2010 and about
850 miles from the US border. For mile after mile from the air you see no
signs of humanity at all.
The Great Slave lake is probably
one of those places that you are vaguely aware of as a name but
not as a place. It is 300 miles (480 km) long and covers an area
of 10, 502 square miles (27,200 sq km). As a rough idea of its
size, it dwarfs all the world's major cities, Tokyo - 8,014 km²,
New York - 17,844 km², London 11, 391 km² for example.
It's not even the largest lake in the Province of the Northwest
Territories of Canada.
This was the first real sign that
we were entering a place that is seriously different to where we
had just come from.
These are pictures
from a cruise to the High Arctic in August 2010, from Resolute
Bay Canada to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland.
Pictures copyright Paul Ward.
Pentax digital equipment.