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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.

From left: Donna MacEachern, Lindsay Ransom and Marjorie Rowe enjoyed the sunny day in style. Meaghan Richens/NNSL photoWoon Min and Cass Lim sporting fancy hats at the beer barge courtesy of Ptarmigan Ptheatrics. Meaghan Richens/NNSL photoCBC North host Loren McGinnis emceed the evening. Meaghan Richens/NNSL photoWalt Humphries and Dave Lovell manned the grill at the beer barge. Meaghan Richens/NNSLLen MacDonald, Tegwen Jones and Brandon Adams enjoying the sun. Meaghan Richens/NNSL photoBeer bargers place bets - down to the minute - on what time the barge will arrive. This year it came in at 5:09. Meaghan Richens/NNSL photoJohn Clark, Julianna Kaiser and Carole Monnet were serving up suds at the Old Stope on Saturday. Meaghan Richens/NNSL photoBeer barge volunteers Anna Soyninen and Marijil Gagnon kept revellers hydrated at the drink booth. Meaghan Richens/NNSL photo
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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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