Rocks from the Northwest Territories

I’ve been on a northern adventure.

I spent the end of winter in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and was recently stationed in Fort Simpson.

While on the Mackenzie River, I found a few rocks. Nothing too exciting, but some shell and sea floor fossils.

Here’s what rocks up there look like.

The Mackenzie River after spring breakup.

The Mackenzie River after spring breakup.

My hunting grounds. Very muddy.

My hunting grounds. Very muddy.

Probably a granite of some kind. Looks like a brain.

Probably a granite of some kind. Looks like a brain.

One person walking by asked if I was digging up "grandfathers." I like that name for old rocks.

One person walking by asked if I was digging up “grandfathers.” I like that name for old rocks.

Muddy, muddy.

Muddy, muddy.

Not sure what this is, but it's a rock from Fort Simpson!

Not sure what this is, but it’s a rock from Fort Simpson!

Sea floor and shell fossils. The Mackenzie River is covered with this. I believe it's in limestone but could be wrong.

Sea floor and shell fossils. The Mackenzie River is covered with this. I believe it’s in limestone but could be wrong.

 

  3 comments for “Rocks from the Northwest Territories

  1. don d
    November 21, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Planning a trip to Yellowknife, Whitehorse, and surrounding areas in the spring. Any suggestions as to spots for rock hounding?

  2. Butch
    March 8, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Grandfathers are the rocks they use in native sweats usually lava type rocks along river banks

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