Frame Lake Trail, Yellowknife

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Frame Lake is located in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. It is an 84ha endorheic freshwater body located between the city's downtown section and a larger residential area. The Frame Lake Trail circles it, and city hall and the territorial legislative assembly building are on its shores.Formed by meltwater after the end of the Wisconsin glaciation 20,000 years ago, Frame has been an important part of Yellowknife's history. The Dene in the area used it as a fishing spot before European settlement. In the early years of the city's growth, gold mines nearby dumped tailings in it and sometimes sewage. Later, when the city's New Town, now its downtown section, was surveyed and developed nearby, Frame offered accessible swimming and boating opportunities.However, storm sewers diverted much of the runoff that fed it. Later development blocked the lake's only outflow, leaving it endorheic and complicating the problems caused by earlier pollution. By the early 1970s it no longer supported any fish; within two decades residents had stopped swimming or boating it out of fear of leeches. Subsequent studies have shown that the lake completely eutrophied sometime in the mid-1990s. They have not, however, been able to determine whether that was due to climate change, pollution or some combination of both; the possibility exists that the lake has always been at a higher trophic state than others in the area.
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  • Did have considerable length is the total length of the trails covered with snow and was walking around the State Capitol from around the city this time. They walked slowly and hakama Sakura, tree lights, such as seen on the monument mining mining history is recorded in the middle of a frozen pond.
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  • It is nice and peaceful to walk around Frame Lake following the trail. Frame Lake has a nice metal sculpture at its bank behind City Hall and it is one of the iconic pictures of Yellowknife.  more »
  • It is is a few minutes from the city centre but quiet and nice walking paths. Trails are well maintained and you can walk.
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  • Great walk around the lake. Rough terrain in spots. Took me about 2 hours to walk the whole trail
  • It's a lake by almost every definition of the word.
  • Great walking trail, very scenic.
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