North Arm Park

Although Tłı̨chǫ Engineering & Environmental Services built an access road and loop to the North Arm Territorial Park’s new campground this past summer and fall, it likely won’t open until a gatehouse with a combined shower building is constructed. (Tłı̨chǫ Engineering & Environmental Services)

The first stage of the new campground at North Arm Territorial Park in Northwest Territories, Canada, is done, but N.W.T. campers might have to wait until 2023 before they can book a spot on the shores of Great Slave Lake, according to the CBC.

“I’m a big camper, so I’d love to see it open next summer,” said Kris Johnson, regional superintendent for the North Slave region of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment.

“But we’re probably looking at the official opening in 2023.”

Although an access road and loop through the 15-site campground were completed this fall, the park likely won’t open until a gatehouse with a combined shower building is constructed, she said.

The new campground on Great Slave Lake’s North Arm will be located just to the northeast of the current day-use area in place, off Highway 3, near the access road to Behchokǫ̀.

“One of the things that people wanted to see was that the day-use area was kept separate so they could access it for free,” said Johnson. “A lot of families spend a lot of time in that park every year.”

Johnson said there are plans to put power into the 15 campsites. In the future, she said there could also be additional tent camping sites put in, as well as a kitchen shelter, a playground and nature trails.

“We definitely want to do some trails,” she said. “It’s pretty easy to put some trails between the existing day-use area and the new campground.”

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