Body of kayaking tourist found after Great Slave Lake search

Last modified: August 8, 2019 at 1:00pm

Police have recovered a body after launching a search for a missing kayaker on Great Slave Lake.

The man, a 30-year-old tourist visiting the NWT, was reported missing on Wednesday morning, RCMP said.

His identity has not been confirmed. Cathy Menard, the NWT’s chief coroner, said efforts were still being made to reach the man’s family and her office was “very early” in its investigation.


An overturned kayak was seen by the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary on Wednesday evening during a search of Great Slave Lake’s southern shore, which police said was the kayaker’s last known location.

Search and rescue technicians aboard a Royal Canadian Air Force Hercules aircraft spotted a body soon after.

Both the man and kayak have been recovered. A post-mortem has been ordered by the NWT coroner’s office.

The man’s departure point and his destination were not made public by RCMP or the coroner’s office.

“It is with sadness we report the recovery of the deceased on Great Slave Lake. Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased man,” said Sgt Ken Beard in a statement published by RCMP on Thursday.