Deline Airport is a public airport located some 2.6 kilometres northwest of Deline, in the province of Northwest Territories in Canada. It was originally created in 1998, and has since been of use by at least 3,000 people every year. Facilities for the airport include one runway, an air terminal building, a field electrical centre, apron run-ups, fuel and refuelling facilities, and aircraft plug-in provisions. It handles both commercial services and cargo, and stands at an elevation of 703 feet.
What to see & do
The Charter Community of Deline plays host to the Deline Airport. It is a small community located in the Sahtu Region of the Northwest Territories province of Canada, on the western shore of Great Bear Lake. Deline means “where the waters flow”, which, is a direct reference to the headwaters of the Great Bear River. According to early records, Deline was a trading post as established in 1799. It then became an outpost, staging area, and winter quarters for Sir John Franklin's second arctic expedition. Later, it became prominent when pitchblende was discovered at the El Dorado mine. As a destination, Deline generally does not offer much. However, the few that is present here are remarkable and are one-of-a-kind, making it worth the visit.
Saoyu-Pehdacho – The Saoyu-Pehdacho, known as the Grizzly Bear Mountain and Scented Grass Hills, is a cultural landscape in the Northwest Territories that is under the governance of Parks Canada and the Deline First Nation. The site has great cultural and spiritual significance for the Sahtu peoples, as it is considered sacred land. It is featured prominently in the local oral histories. By size, it measures 5,587 square kilometres, approximately as big as the province of Prince Edward Island. Two peninsulas make up the national site: Saoyu, which is the Grizzly Bear Mountain, and Pehdacho, which is the Scented Grass Hills. The site has been designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1997 on the basis that the landscape, its cultural resources (including graves, trails, and cabins), and its associated oral histories contribute to an understanding of the origin, spiritual values, lifestyle, and land-use of the territory. It is now the first site to be protected under the government's Protected Areas Strategy, the first national historic site both designated and acquired on the basis of consultation with Aboriginal peoples, the first site in Northern Canada cooperatively managed by Parks Canada and an aboriginal group, the first site where Parks Canada was involved in the administration, and the first cultural landscape in northern Canada commemorated by the Government of Canada.
Great Bear Lake – The Great Bear Lake is the largest lake entirely in Canada, the fourth largest in North America, and the eighth largest in the world. It is yet another site from Deline, as part of the Northwest Territories on the Arctic Circle. The lake has been associated with local mining and fishing, with the lake giving birth and nurturing the biggest lake trout ever caught in the world by angling (the trout was a 32.8-kilo fish).
How to get around within Deline
Being a charter community with a population no more than 650 in the last 15 years, Deline does not have an established public transport system. This is common to the Northwest Territories and Quebec provinces, and is especially true for most First Nations communities. The only way to get around the area of Deline is by bringing in personal vehicles, or arranging with a local and rent out their private vehicles. There is no chance of hailing a taxi here.
How to get there
Deline Airport is a small airport located 2.3 kilometres northwest from the community of Deline. The sole commercial and scheduled airline that serves the airport is North-Wright Airways, while cargo services provided by Buffalo Airways. Destinations include Norman Wells, Yellowknife, and Tulita.
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