Reindeer Lake was named for the herds of barren ground caribou. During their winter migration, they would often go as far south as this lake. However, they do not come this far anymore, but some of the older local Indians remember seeing them.
There is a legend about a monster in Deep Bay which ate a reindeer as they fell through the ice. Some local people, and also some of our guests, have reported seeing this monster, or one of its relatives!
Some rock formations in Reindeer Lake are of volcanic origin. They are Precambrian, which is the oldest on earth. Of more recent origin is Deep Bay. It is the product of a meteorite which struck about 140 million years ago, leaving a huge water-filled crater. There is evidence of the glaciers which passed through, the most recent melting only about 8,000 years ago.
Reindeer Lake and the Reindeer River, which are about 3 miles from camp, form part of historic fur trade routes that reach from the Far North and the Rocky Mountains to Hudson Bay. In fact, the two huge rival fur-trading companies, the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) and the Northwest Company (NWC), both had trading posts within 12 miles of our present-day location.
The HBC's post, known as South Reindeer House, was established in 1800. However, nothing remains of it today. On the other hand, the NWC's post was established in 1794.