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Then and Now: Air Tindi Float Base

If you browse through old photo of Yellowknife’s Old Town you will see that the land that Old Town sits on has actually expanded over the years. The ball diamonds and the Air Tindi Float base use to be wet swampy areas until they were filled in with gravel and fill.

Float Planes for the first form of access to Yellowknife and supplied the community and the economy with materials and food for many years, especially when the barge could not get to Yellowknife. If you drive through Old Town today you will still see many Float Planes and they are still a big part of small exploration projects and transportation between the many lodges and camps around Yellowknife.

Yellowknife Old Town Float Planes

Photo Credit: Kyle Thomas 2013

Yellowknife Old Town Float Planes

Photo Credit: Raymonde Carpenter

If you haven’t been on a float plane, you should really take a sight-seeing tour sometime.

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Kyle Thomas

Kyle grew up in Yellowknife and is a local entrepreneur, bread maker, and Yellowknife-ophile who is addicted to learning as much as he can about the community and sharing it with anyone who’ll listen. In 2009 he developed YkOnline.ca. A website all about living, working and thriving in Yellowknife for residents, newcomers, and visitors.

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