Yellowknife area recreation management planning beginning this summer

YELLOWKNIFE (May 18, 2016) The Government of the Northwest Territories is asking for your participation in developing a recreation management plan for the Yellowknife periphery area.

This work builds on previous public engagements and surveys completed as part of the Recreational Land Management Framework development to date and will narrow in on Yellowknife area recreational opportunities and activities.

The final plan for the Yellowknife periphery area will provide direction and guidance to the GNWT for the management of outdoor recreation resources and opportunities in the area, in a way that is transparent, consistent and reflects public values. This helps meet the GNWT’s commitment to improve coordination, and effectiveness in resource management systems, recognizing traditional knowledge, land claim agreements and devolution.


“As part of my commitment to development of the Recreation Land Management Framework, we promised to take a planned approach to recreation management in the Yellowknife area.  Once completed, this recreational management plan for the Yellowknife periphery area will include identifying future opportunities and areas for new cabin leases next year.”
- Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Lands

Quick Facts

  • The public’s input into the planning process will help the GNWT map places used for outdoor recreation and identify the diversity of recreational uses and demands in the Yellowknife periphery area. It will also identify future opportunities and areas suitable for new cabin leases and propose appropriate management strategies for recreational use of land.
  • Public engagements will include online engagement tools, focus group meetings, information kiosks in popular recreational locations, an open house in June, and a Planning Advisory Group.
  • After this initial stage of public engagement, the GNWT, in collaboration with the Planning Advisory Group, will finalize a mapped inventory of recreational features and facilities in the area, prepare a public summary of the issues and interests related to recreation management in the area, and draft the recreational management plan.
  • The Yellowknife periphery area recreation management plan is expected to be finalized in the Spring of 2017.
  • The Yellowknife periphery area recreation management plan will be interim while Aboriginal land, resources and self-government agreements are being negotiated in the area.

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Media inquiries for the department

Renita Jenkins
Senior Communications Officer
Department of Lands
(867) 767-9182 ext. 24057