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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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  • We went for a walk on the Trail after dinner, but did not do the entire route. It's a very pleasant walk, except in the summer, I'd consider bug spray - the bugs aren't too bad except for pockets of m...  more »
  • One end of town to the other. Nicely paved for bikes. Playgrounds, beaches, trees and birds. Give it a go  more »
  • Did the Frame Lake trail walk with my dog (counterclockwise) during the winter and summer. The trail can be challenging at the end but offers amazing view of the city. Take approx 1.5 to 2 hours to co...  more »

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