Enterprise, Northwest Territories

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Enterprise
Hamlet
Enterprise is located in Northwest Territories
Enterprise
Enterprise
Coordinates: 60°33′24″N 116°08′34″W / 60.55667°N 116.14278°W / 60.55667; -116.14278Coordinates: 60°33′24″N 116°08′34″W / 60.55667°N 116.14278°W / 60.55667; -116.14278
Country Canada
Territory Northwest Territories
Region South Slave Region
Constituency Deh Cho
Census division Region 5
Incorporated (hamlet) 29 October 2007
Government
 • Mayor John Leskiw Sr.
 • Senior Administrative Officer Hermann Minderlein
 • MLA Michael Nadli
Area[1]
 • Land 286.89 km2 (110.77 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 87
 • Density 0.3/km2 (0.8/sq mi)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Canadian Postal code X0E 0R1
Area code(s) 867
Telephone exchange 984
- Living cost difference 127.5A
Sources:
Department of Municipal and Community Affairs,[2]
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre,[3]
Canada Flight Supplement[4]
^A 2009 figure based on Edmonton = 100[5]

Enterprise is a hamlet[2][6] in the South Slave Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada, located between Great Slave Lake and the Alberta border on the Hay River.

Enterprise is at an important junction of the Mackenzie Highway and the road to Yellowknife and was established when two service stations were built to take advantage of traffic along these highways. It has since grown to include a cargo station, Winnie's Restaurant, and a motel to accommodate travellers. Most of the remaining commercial region, however, is currently closed for business and looking for buyers.

It is a significant point on the Northwest Territories highway system, as all traffic that heads to the two largest population centres, Yellowknife to the north, and the nearby town of Hay River to the northeast, must pass through. As such, a tourism centre/visitors centre is located right in the heart of town, where the old weigh station used to be.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 Census the population is 87, a 10.3% decrease from 2006.[1] In 2012 the Government of the Northwest Territories reported that the population was 118, an increase of 50 people from 2001.[5] The main languages, besides English, are South Slavey and Chipewyan.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1996 87 —    
1997 82 −5.7%
1998 74 −9.8%
1999 80 +8.1%
2000 75 −6.2%
2001 68 −9.3%
2002 74 +8.8%
2003 73 −1.4%
2004 94 +28.8%
Year Pop. ±%
2005 97 +3.2%
2006 98 +1.0%
2007 102 +4.1%
2008 103 +1.0%
2009 110 +6.8%
2010 102 −7.3%
2011 109 +6.9%
2012 118 +8.3%
Sources: NWT Bureau of Statistics (2001-2012)[5]

Incorporation[edit]

In 2007, Enterprise filed a petition to change from settlement status to hamlet, which would allow for greater powers by council, a public voting for mayor, and freedom to set property tax rates. On 27 October 2007 the community was officially incorporated and Allan Flamand became the first mayor.[2]

Climate[edit]

Enterprise has a harsh subarctic climate[7] with the yearly mean temperature being below zero in spite of the relatively warm summers around 22 °C (72 °F) resulting in Enterprise being well below the tree line in the boreal forest. Winter average highs are around −20 °C (−4 °F) with lows being −31 °C (−24 °F),[8] typical of the boreal forests north of the prairies.

Climate data for Enterprise (located at Hay River/Merlyn Carter Airport, approximately 40 km away)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high Humidex 10.6 12.9 14.6 25.8 31.1 35.1 44.6 39.8 32.2 25.4 12.8 11.2 44.6
Record high °C (°F) 10.7
(51.3)
13.9
(57)
15.6
(60.1)
26.0
(78.8)
33.3
(91.9)
34.0
(93.2)
35.0
(95)
36.7
(98.1)
30.0
(86)
25.4
(77.7)
15.0
(59)
12.2
(54)
36.7
(98.1)
Average high °C (°F) −17.3
(0.9)
−14.2
(6.4)
−7.8
(18)
2.9
(37.2)
10.7
(51.3)
18.0
(64.4)
21.2
(70.2)
19.6
(67.3)
13.2
(55.8)
4.1
(39.4)
−7.7
(18.1)
−14.4
(6.1)
2.4
(36.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) −21.8
(−7.2)
−19.6
(−3.3)
−13.8
(7.2)
−2.7
(27.1)
5.4
(41.7)
12.5
(54.5)
16.1
(61)
14.6
(58.3)
8.7
(47.7)
0.5
(32.9)
−11.6
(11.1)
−18.8
(−1.8)
−2.5
(27.5)
Average low °C (°F) −26.2
(−15.2)
−24.9
(−12.8)
−19.8
(−3.6)
−8.1
(17.4)
0.0
(32)
7.0
(44.6)
10.9
(51.6)
9.5
(49.1)
4.1
(39.4)
−3.2
(26.2)
−15.4
(4.3)
−23.1
(−9.6)
−7.4
(18.7)
Record low °C (°F) −47.8
(−54)
−48.3
(−54.9)
−44.4
(−47.9)
−38.9
(−38)
−20.5
(−4.9)
−5.6
(21.9)
0.7
(33.3)
−1.1
(30)
−11.7
(10.9)
−24.3
(−11.7)
−40.8
(−41.4)
−47.2
(−53)
−48.3
(−54.9)
Wind chill −58.7 −60.4 −54.9 −47.7 −26.6 −7.4 0.0 0.0 −17.1 −34.3 −54.4 −55.8 −60.4
Precipitation mm (inches) 16.4
(0.646)
14.3
(0.563)
14.4
(0.567)
12.6
(0.496)
23.3
(0.917)
31.9
(1.256)
43.0
(1.693)
58.7
(2.311)
44.6
(1.756)
35.7
(1.406)
24.8
(0.976)
16.8
(0.661)
336.4
(13.244)
Rainfall mm (inches) 0.1
(0.004)
0.2
(0.008)
0.2
(0.008)
4.3
(0.169)
18.0
(0.709)
31.9
(1.256)
43.0
(1.693)
58.7
(2.311)
43.0
(1.693)
16.8
(0.661)
0.9
(0.035)
0.3
(0.012)
217.4
(8.559)
Snowfall cm (inches) 19.2
(7.56)
16.9
(6.65)
16.4
(6.46)
8.7
(3.43)
5.2
(2.05)
0.1
(0.04)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
1.5
(0.59)
19.9
(7.83)
30.4
(11.97)
20.7
(8.15)
138.9
(54.69)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 11.3 9.7 8.5 5.0 8.0 8.8 9.9 11.3 12.2 12.6 14.2 11.4 122.8
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 0.1 0.2 0.2 2.0 6.7 8.8 9.9 11.3 11.9 6.2 1.0 0.6 58.9
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 12.0 10.1 8.7 3.7 1.8 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.8 8.1 14.5 12.4 72.2
Average humidity (%) 69.2 66.3 61.3 60.2 55.0 54.4 57.6 59.9 62.5 70.6 78.0 73.7 64.0
Source: Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Enterprise, SET Northwest Territories (Census subdivision)
  2. ^ a b c "NWT Communities - Enterprise". Government of the Northwest Territories: Department of Municipal and Community Affairs. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre - official names
  4. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 24 July 2014 to 0901Z 18 September 2014
  5. ^ a b c Enterprise - Statistical Profile at the GNWT
  6. ^ Differences in Community Government Structure
  7. ^ "Enterprise, Northwest Territories Climate Summary". Weatherbase. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Enterprise, Northwest Territories Temperature Average". Weatherbase. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Hay River A" (CSV (3069 KB)). Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010. Environment Canada. Climate ID: 2202400. Retrieved 2014-01-09.