Town of Norman Wells Summer 2021 Community Update

Town of Norman Wells Free Pantry Approved for Anti-Poverty Funding from GNWT

  • The GNWT Anti-Poverty fund supports initiatives in the Northwest Territories that reduce poverty.
  • The Free Pantry is filled with non-perishable food items available to any community member in need and it is open 24/7. The pantry accepts donations from residents and businesses throughout the year. We thank everyone for their generous donations. With the help of the Anti Poverty Fund, we will continue to fight poverty in Norman Wells.

Gathering Restrictions Eased in the NWT

  • GNWT recently announced that restrictions on gatherings in the Northwest Territories have now been eased.
  • Indoor gatherings of up to 200 people are permitted. This means we can go to people’s houses, have parties and workplace get-togethers, and most businesses restaurants, stores and offices can operate at normal capacity. Physical distancing and masking is not required.
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people are permitted. That means we can enjoy outdoor sports, music festivals, food and drink on patios and have garage sales and parades. Physical distancing and masking is not required.
  • As Isolation restrictions have now eased, we would like to thank our tenants who used the Isolation home set up by the Town for being mindful of their room mates, respectful of covid-19 protocol, as well as respecting the home.
  • We also thank the Northern Store for providing the furniture and Imperial Oil for covering all other bills associated with the home.
  • Fitness Centre users are still asked to sign in, however workout time limits and capacity limits are no longer in place. The shower facilities and sauna will still remain closed for now.  

Ptarmigan Field Now Open

  • Ptarmigan Field is now open for the season!
  • Town staff will also be working on improving the infield this summer.

Jackfish Lake Campground Upgrades

  • The campsite expansions have now been completed. Enjoy our newly expanded campsites with brand new tent pads overlooking Jackfish Lake!
  • Cool off this summer at the recently enhanced beach area and dock.
  • Upgrades to the Jackfish Lake playground will get underway later this summer.
  • New toilets are now accessible! These toilets are also mobile so they can be utilized all around town for community events.

Canada Day

  • The Town of Norman Wells spent July 1st as a day of reflection.
  • Events included a drum Prayer by the Fort Good Hope Drummers, dancing, a prayer led by Dora Grandjambe, a feeding of the fire ceremony, a BBQ hosted by the Recreation Department, children’s activities, and much more!
  • The community acknowledged the mourning and grief that Indigenous people have experienced and are still experiencing. The focus of the day was embracing the culture and history of the Sahtu Dene and Metis people. It was a great day to come together as a community to reflect and honour the residential school survivors and children who never returned home.
  • We would like to congratulate Cathy Pope for winning the Canada Day Steak Challenge, and  Kelly Masko, Val Quesseth, Bijay ,and Russell Manuel for winning the participation draws!

Summer Programming

  • The Town of Norman Wells will be hosting summer camps for children ages 8-11 during the months of July and August. To register please email
  • Other summer programs include basketball on Sunday nights (15+), playgroup (parent+tot) hosted at Mackinnon Park or the Community Hall every Tuesday and Thursday, youth softball, sports camps, and a splash day on July 9th and July 30th! For the full recreation calendar visit Recreation Calendar – Town of Norman Wells.

Jackfish Lake Floatie Fun Race

  • A floatie race is taking place on July 24th at Jackfish Lake (Parks Day). Get your floatie, and a team of 2-4 people and register for the race by emailing
  • More details to come!


  • The Town of Norman Wells continues to respond to inquiries by phone, in person, and by written communication including email.
  • Visit our new and improved website, to sign up for our E-Blast which is sent out every Friday morning! If you would like to receive letter mail from the Town, please advise us via email ( or by phone (867-587-3700).

Citizen of the Year

  • Congratulations to Citizen of the Year recipient Brandon Scott.
  • We would also like to recognize everyone who was nominated for always having a positive impact on the community. Congratulations on your nominations Kacee Hunter, Roberta Bighetty, and Christine Turner!

Community Gardens

  • Sahtu Gardens has hosted several gardening work-shops this year!
  • Community members participated in a potato and composting workshops which are hosted by Britt Wever.