With an area of 11,031 square mile
s (28,570 square km), the Great Slave
Lake is the fifth largest lake in North America
. It is located in the Northwest Territories
, near the Alberta
border. It is ice-free only four months out of the year.
The Great Slave Lake and the Lesser Slave Lake are named for the Slave Indians, a tribe of Indians indigenous to the region, and not for what you might think of when you hear the word 'slave.'