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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Laurier researchers from a range of disciplines work in Canada’s North at dozens of research sites ranging from northern Ontario to one of Canada’s northernmost lakes on Ellesmere Island. The largest concentration is in the Northwest Territories (NWT), where the government of the NWT and Laurier have a longstanding partnership.

Our most developed and highly trafficked research sites are the Scotty Creek Research Station, near Fort Simpson in the southwestern NWT, and Trail Valley Creek Research Station, within the Arctic Circle north of Inuvik. Another frequently used site is the Hoarfrost River Homestead, east of Yellowknife, which has been used as a base camp for various researchers for more than 30 years.

Some research sites have permanent infrastructure and equipment, while researchers employ mobile observation, monitoring and testing equipment at other sites.

At all sites, Laurier researchers work closely with the communities whose traditional land they are on.

Northern Research Sites by Region


  • Old Crow Flats/Vuntut National Park
  • Old Crow
  • Kluane Lake Research Station (Arctic Institute of North America)
  • Haines Junction
  • Whitehorse

Inuvik Region, NWT

Sahtú Region, NWT

  • Délı̨nę
  • Mile 222, Canol Trail
  • Norman Wells (future research site)
  • Tulita (future research site)

Dehcho Region, NWT

  • Wrigley
  • Scotty Creek Research Station
  • Blackstone River
  • Fort Liard
  • Sambaa K'e
  • Kakisa/ Kakisa Lake
  • Tathlina Lake
  • Birch River
  • Calender Creek
  • Suhm Creek
  • Jean-Marie River

North Slave Region, NWT

  • Colomac Mine
  • Gamèti
  • Marian Lake
  • Airport Bog
  • Baker Creek
  • Daring Lake
  • Hoarfrost River Homestead
  • Yellowknife-Whatì
  • Snare River System
  • Wekweètì

South Slave Region, NWT

  • Slave River Delta
  • Fort Resolution
  • Fort Smith
  • Kakisa
  • Kakisa Lake
  • Tathlina Lake

Northern British Columbia

  • Two-Island Lake
  • Suhm Creek
  • Wild Boy Creek


  • Lake Hazen

Northern Alberta

  • Peace-Athabasca Delta


  • Prince Albert

Northern Manitoba

  • Wapusk National Park

Northern Ontario

  • Ring of Fire
  • Polar Bear Provincial Park

Office of Research Services

T: 519.884.0710 x3689
Office Location: Alumni Hall, AH231, 75 University Ave. W., Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5

Yellowknife Research Office

T: 867.688.2605
Office Location: 5007-50th Ave., Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2P8


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