Maclean’s has named Yellowknife’s Giant Mine Town Site as the #1 “Ghost Town” to see in Canada.
This is strange to me as so few people these days actually get to see the empty homes as they are behind locked gates. Possibly a better known NWT Ghost Town is Pine Point, NWT which was a mining town some years ago but when the mine closed down so did the town. Some Pine Point homes were transported to other communities but for the most part the town just eroded away with time. An interactive video was created of Pine Point to prolong its history.
Although many of us have never been past the gate to the small community, photographer Dave Brosha recently went in to document the area. If you click on the image below you can see more of his images. Maclean’s has this to say about the Giant Mine Town:
Giant Mine Town Site, located four kilometres north of Yellowknife, once housed the workers from the Giant Mine gold mine, which ceased operation in 2004. It was the site of a deadly bombing during a labour dispute that killed nine replacement workers in 1992, and is currently an environmental concern due to arsenic tailings. Visitors (who must seek permission to explore the site) can walk among abandoned houses, barracks and disused playgrounds.
Do you remember when Giant Mine was operational and the town was inhabited? Or were you one of the few people who lived in the Giant Mine Town?