Yellowknife’s Time Line By 3M Range Lake Elementary Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. 3.962 Billion Years Ago Age of the world’s oldest rock found north of Yellowknife. 12 000 Years Ago Dene arrived in the NWT. 10 000 Years Ago End of the last Ice Age.
1719 (June) Captain James Knight, a former Hudson’s Bay Company employee,sailed from England to northern Canada in search of gold, copper anda Northwest Passage
1929Gilbert LaBine found uranium around Great Bear Lake. This started thefirst mine in the NWT called the Eldorado mine.First ‘air mail’ to NWT
1934Discovery of gold in the Yellowknife areaProspectors stake claims and live in this area which is the beginningof today’s city of Yellowknife, NWT
1998Winter Ice Road Traffic to Northern Mines:2 543 truckloads82 000 tonnes(Jan) Echo Bay Lupin Gold Mine ClosedBHP Diamonds started mining diamonds at their Ekati Mine
1999Winter Ice Road Traffic:1 844 truckloads57 000 tonnesOpen 57 days; Feb 1-Mar 30(Apr 1) Division of Northwest Territories creates Nunavut, Canada’s 3rd Territory(Jun 14) Sirius Diamonds NWT Ltd. opens Cutting & Polishing facilityin Yellowknife
2001Winter Ice Road Traffic:7 981 truckloads22 725 tonnesOpen 49 days; Feb 24-Apr 14(Jan) Diavik Mine Construction Begins-approx 1000 workers on site