@leesamyers visited Norman Wells for a Weekend Away. She shared her experience and we thinks its worth a read!!
With restrictions still in place around Canada I decided to plan a staycation.
With significant help from North Wright Airways a weekend away to Norman Wells was planned.
A solo trip further North to the Sahtu region to replenish my soul.
A year round fly in community with road access in winter via a ice road. Famous for the Canol Trail (which I now have a desire to hike next summer) and being the first settlement in the Northwest Territories. A population just under 800 people and located on the banks of the Mackenzie River. It is located 145km south of the Arctic Circle and 684km northwest of Yellowknife.
The power of the river is evident in the large trees which are ripped from the river banks down south and travel all the way up stream to communities in the subarctic.
I had a scheduled scenic flight for some point over the weekend but the flight from Yellowknife via Deline and Fort Good Hope to Norman Wells had some of the incredible landscapes I have ever seen. (Picture #1)
I envisioned this trip would be me, alone, going for nature walks, seeing occasional wildlife and checking in with myself. I like to plan time alone to regulate my emotional wellbeing and ensure my mental health is strong. I find it harder to do this when surrounded by people which can influence both.
After arriving Friday night I was invited to a camp fire along the Mackenzie River. With pink candy coloured clouds doting the sky and a incredible group of people I was welcomed to Norman Wells. (Picture #2)
On Saturday I attended a Fish Scale Art Workshop run by the amazing Norman Wells Museum.
For someone with no creative inclination I had so much fun and think I have found my artistic niche. Call me Picasso. (Picture #3)
Saturday afternoon involved all the sunshine and a quick dip in Jackfish Lake before a evening boat ride down the Mackenzie River. Our pilot is man of many skills, flying planes, driving boats, laughing at my jokes... kind of. (Picture #4 #5)
The scheduled scenic flight... I cannot begin to describe how incredible this experience was. ...