National Treasure #12: Mackenzie Delta

My father worked with Imperial Oil his whole working life. In the early 1960s, he went north briefly as part of Imperial’s seismic exploration of the Beaufort region, at least as I recall the story. He was mightily impressed with the Mackenzie Delta.

When I went north in 2008 and saw the Delta for myself, I could understand why.

Intertwined rivers and ponds on Mackenzie Delta, seen from air

Between Inuvik and Shingle Point


This is one of a series on Canadian national treasures – my sesquicentennial project. They reflect people, places, and things that I think are worth celebrating about our country, and are done in no order of precedence.


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4 Responses to National Treasure #12: Mackenzie Delta

  1. Jim Robertson says:

    Good choice. Good PR – too few people know about it.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim R – Thanks! It’s an amazing sight, and we flew over just a small chunk of it.

  2. I am so glad to see what I have so often encountered in books I have edited. Next time, I will insist on a photo. This one is spectacular.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – Thanks kindly. I’m not saying a brilliant writer couldn’t describe the Delta and evoke it wonderfully well, but for quick appreciation, nothing beats a photo.

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