The arrival of the beer barge at the Wardair dock on Saturday afternoon marked the unofficial beginning of summer in Yellowknife.

The beer barge arriving at the old Wardair Dock. Meaghan Richens/NNSL photo

Organized by the Yellowknife Historical Society, the annual Beer Barge festival commemorates a time before the highway was built and important supplies, including beer, were barged across Great Slave Lake.

After spring break-up, the arrival of the first barge was often a celebration, and this year was no exception.

With a free barbecue, music, prizes for the best period costumes and of course beer, Yellowknifers celebrated their history under the midnight sun.

Meaghan Richens

Meaghan Richens is from Ottawa, Ont., and grew up in Perth. She moved to Yellowknife in May 2018 after completing her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Carleton University. She writes about politics,...

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