Destination Délı̨nę

DelineDélı̨nę is the only community on the western shore of Great Bear Lake, a lake approximately the size of the Netherlands and near the Arctic Circle — a place where culture and traditions of the Dene people flourish. There are no all-weather roads to bring you here. Air access is available year-round while winter roads and summer boating offer limited access. For its people, this remoteness means a connection to the land remains a way of life. For visitors, year-round cultural experiences and outdoor adventures take place against the backdrop of the solitude and silence of this scenic northern landscape. For more information on traveling to Délı̨nę, visit Destination Délı̨nę.

Winter & Summer Adventures

Fisherman’s Paradise: Great Bear Lake has consistently claimed some of the largest lake trout ever recorded, and prize trout are still being hauled from its depths. Fish with local guides as they catch not for sport but for a community feast. Travel to your guides’ secret spot and look down into crystal clear waters teaming with lake trout and arctic grayling. With nearly 24 hours of sunlight in July and August, explore the remote untouched wilderness after a day on the water. During ice fishing season, enjoy the comfy confines of purpose-built huts complete with wood fire stoves. Délı̨nę’s remote location means you’ll almost have the entire lake to yourself!

Tundra Touring: Under the midnight sun during summer, days are long in Délı̨nę and there is no better way to take advantage than touring the arctic tundra by ATV. Your guides will take you and the quads on an unforgettable ride and interpretive tour to discover the path their nomadic ancestors travelled. Crossing a small channel by boat, you’ll have an unforgettable view of the community and Great Bear Lake. Your guides are local residents who grew up in Délı̨nę and can point out the varieties of arctic flora and fauna unique to this area offer stories about the land, the Dene peoples and life in the North. Stop at Little Lake and enjoy fresh brewed tea made from leaves you pick directly from the ground.

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Cultural Experiences

To the people of Délı̨nę, the land represents a library of stories and generations of wisdom. During the summer months, experience total cultural immersion as you partake in everyday life. Fish Great Bear Lake with local guides as they catch not for sport but for a community feast. Travel to your guides’ secret spot and looking down into crystal clear waters teaming with lake trout and arctic grayling. Walk the path of their nomadic ancestors, berry picking and learning about the flora, fauna and traditional medicines taken directly from the land. Silently canoe through an Arctic forest, listening to stories about life in the North from your local host. Or sit in with local artisans as they tan hides and sew moccasins, gloves and boots made from caribou hide and beaver fur with an array of colourful, intricate beadwork.

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Travel & Accommodations

Getting Here: Located in the Sahtu Region on the western shore of Great Bear Lake, Délı̨nę is a short 1.5-hour flight north of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Daily scheduled flights are available Monday to Friday from Yellowknife and Norman Wells onboard North-Wright Airways. Charter flights can be arranged. Délı̨nę is also reachable by ice road during the winter, typically between January and March. For information on the road’s opening and winter road safety, visit the NWT department of Transportation’s website.

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Accommodations: Welcoming and friendly with a rustic charm and all modern conveniences, the Grey Goose Lodge immediately catches your eye as you approach Deline from the air. Filled with crafts from local artisans, a spectacular view from the restaurant and deck and just steps from Great Bear Lake, the Grey Goose Lodge offers a unique getaway for small groups and adventure seekers. The Grey Goose Lodge is the hub of community life and your activity centre to reserve guided excursions such as ice & sport fishing, ATV adventures, interpretive tours and cultural interaction.

  • 12 rooms with a mix of single and doubles including two suites: One 2-bedroom and one suite with kitchen
  • 32 seat full service dining room
  • Locally made arts and craft gallery