44th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing

Yellowknife • NWT • Canada | June 19-22, 2023


For 2023, the 44th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing will be co-hosted by the University of Lethbridge and the Government of the Northwest Territories in Yellowknife from June 19th to 22nd. We will bring together academics, practitioners, vendors, and policymakers from the Remote Sensing community in an informative and productive four-day event titled Remote Sensing For A Resilient Future: Monitoring Our Dynamic Environment.

With workshops, keynote speakers, oral and poster sessions, exhibitions and panel discussions, attendees will enjoy cutting-edge technical content and networking opportunities. Originally planned for 2020, the symposium will be hosted primarily in-person at the Explorer Hotel in downtown Yellowknife, with an exciting social program that showcases local cultural and culinary highlights. For delegates that are unable to travel, some of the technical event content will be available online via video or live streaming.

Further information on the venue, accommodations, program content, abstract submission and registration process will be posted to this web site in coming weeks and months. For updates, as they happen you can monitor our CRSS-SCT social media pages:

On behalf of CRSS-SCT and the symposium organizing committee, we look forwards to having you join us for a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural sharing of knowledge during the mid-summer festival period in Yellowknife!

Melanie Desjardins, Co-Chair
Director, NWT Centre for Geomatics

Chris Hopkinson, Co-Chair
President, CRSS-SCT
Professor, University of Lethbridge

Any questions or suggestions regarding the symposium can be addressed to

Call for Proposals for Invited Sessions

Invited Session Proposal Submission Deadline:  November 30, 2022

Invited Session Acceptance Notification :  December 19, 2022

Proposals for Invited Sessions are being solicited for the hybrid 44th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing to be held June 19-22, 2023 in Yellowknife, NWT.  Details of the symposium will be available at

Proposals must include the following:

  1. Title of the Invited Session
  2. Choose one of “On-Site In Person Session” or “Virtual Session”. There will be NO technical sessions during this symposium which will mix On Site In-Person and Virtual Presentations.
  3. A 200 word abstract describing the proposed session and emphasizing the uniqueness of this topic. This abstract should provide more detail than a brief summary of each of the papers invited to this session.
  4. Invited Session Organizers (Chairs) (Maximum of 2), with name, affiliation, and contact information.
  5. A list of five papers to be included in this session.  This list must include the titles of the papers and the names of the authors of each one. Potential presenters agree to submit a paper to the 44th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing if the session is accepted for the symposium. If the aim of a session is to highlight a particular area of research, proposed papers must be led by authors from a number of different institutions. If more than 5 papers are proposed, multiple session proposals should be submitted.

Completed proposals for Invited Sessions must be received by the Technical Program Committee no later than November 30, 2022

The Technical Program Committee will review the submitted Invited Session proposals. Letters of acceptance for Invited Sessions will be sent no later than December 19, 2022.

Acceptance of an Invited Session does not guarantee acceptance of the proposed papers.  Abstracts submitted to accepted Invited Sessions will be reviewed along with those submitted in response to the Call for Papers of this symposium.

How to Submit?

Please submit your proposal for an Invited Session by email to the Technical Program Committee no later than Monday November 30, 2022 to

Subject of the email should be “CSRS 2023 Invited Session Proposal”.


Any questions regarding Invited Sessions should be addressed to the Technical Program Committee for the 44th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing / 44e Symposium canadien de télédétection at the email address

Field Trip Options

Book ahead for these Field Trips

Great Slave Lake Fish Fry Dinner Cruise (June 22)

Yellowknife Outdoor Adventures is owned and operated by Carlos Gonzalez, a 42-year resident of the Northwest Territories. Passionate about the outdoors, Carlos loves to share his knowledge of the seasons, the wildlife, the fish and the natural beauty of this spectacular part of the Canada.

An award-winning guide, teacher and restaurant owner, Carlos treasures what he calls “the outdoor moments”, the colours of the seasons, the habits of the wildlife and above all, the fantastic northern pike fishing on Great Slave Lake

Join Carlos and experience a Great Slave Lake harbour tour, house boats, sightseeing, and a superb Northern Gourmet shore dinner of fresh fish.

Boat Tour Includes:

  • Causeway
  • House Boats
  • Natural History
  • Dog Island
  • Inside passage of Mosher Island
  • Then to lodge

BBQ Fish Fry Includes:

  • Great Slave Lake whitefish fillet marinated in olive oil, basil and garlic finished in a lemon fusion.
  • German Potato salad
  • Coleslaw
  • Carrots
  • Crusty bun
  • Assorted Cakes
  • Wild Berry Tea
  • Option of bringing own alcohol or additional beverages
  • 25+ Big veg & Fruit tray


$145 per person – Registration & Payment through the Symposium registration

Minimum 6ppl, maximum 60ppl

For more information email us at

Old Town Glassworks (June 18 and June 23)

Old Town Glassworks is a workers cooperative that has been creating beautiful recycled glassware from rescued bottles on the shores of Great Slave Lake since 1994. We use original northern patterns by local artists. Each piece is cut, polished, stencilled and sand-blasted by hand. Our gift shop is brimming with our famous northern glasses, mugs, lamps, magnets, soap pumps & much more. We also offer Custom Engraving for Logos, Awards, & Gifts.

Workshops are 2 hours long and include a brief history of our space and organization, a demo of cutting, grinding and polishing a glass bottle and instruction on how to stencil and etch your own personal piece of glassware. Cost of the workshop includes one piece of OTG recycled glassware, and you are welcome to etch more or bring your own glassware from home (both for a fee).


Adult Workshop – $70.00 + GST. Special Symposium rate is $60 + GST

Child/Senior Workshop – $50.00 + GST

Studio Time – $25/hour + cost of glassware etched + GST

Date: June 18 and June 23, 2023.

4 workshops available – 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM, & 6:00 PM

up to 8 people per workshop.

Booking deadline is June 15, 2023.

Bookings via email – Payment upon booking.

Blachford Lake Lodge (June 23-25)

Welcome to your summer getaway, north of 60. Far from the noise and bustle of any city. Blachford Lake Lodge is happy to be your home away from home, weekend getaway, and NWT adventure. Bask in the midnight sun (yup, you can read a book outside all night long!), catch a trophy fish, hike on some of the world’s oldest rock, or simply enjoy the beautiful nature that surrounds you. Blachford Lake Lodge is the perfect place to discover the north, unwind from civilization, and enjoy activities in pristine untouched nature.

The lodge is the only fly-in wilderness resort, located on Blachford Lake, a 25-minute (100 km) bush plane flight from Yellowknife.

Our summer season is a great time for fishing of course, but we offer much more such as canoeing, kayaking, boating and hiking etc. Not to mention your chance to relax around the lodge grounds, you will also discover an abundance of northern wildflowers and berries, eagles, loons and beaver dams. Spend your evenings lounging in our hot tub or detoxing in our lakefront sauna. Many miles from roads, or civilization, the lodge provides many of the benefits of a luxury hotel in the heart of the wilderness.

Accommodations at Blachford Lake Lodge include five guest bedrooms in the main lodge and five cozy hand-built log cabins. All five of the log cabins are fully equipped with a wood or pellet stove, en-suite toilets and wash basins, and electricity. Our main lodge facilities include a dining room, conference room, a bar, full kitchen, hot showers, high-tech composting toilets, fireplaces, sauna, hot tub, and open decks for all the amenities of a “world-class” lodge.

Come and enjoy the best of Canada’s Northern wilderness!


  • 2 Nights / 3 Days
  • Flightseeing charter Yellowknife – Blachford – Yellowknife
  • Lodge or cabin accommodation
  • Housekeeping
  • Welcome orientation
  • All meals
  • All snacks
  • Coffee, tea, juice
  • Handicraft workshop in the lodge
  • Use of Lodge Facilities: Dining room, Aurora lounge, fireplaces, northern library, bathrooms with showers, basins and toilets, hot tub, sauna, open decks
  • Use of seasonal equipment (canoes, kayaks, hiking trails, motorized boat)
  • Basic wifi package (250MB/day – additional internet is extra)
  • Two hour interpretative experience each day
  • Use of yoga equipment
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information

Not Included:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance (Mandatory)
  • Travel to and From Yellowknife
  • Transfers in Yellowknife
  • Alcoholic beverages

Activities Included (But are not limited to):

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Use of boat and motor
  • Hiking
  • SUP boarding
  • Swimming
  • Bird watching
  • Hand salve making
  • Dream catcher making
  • Photography tips
  • Hot tub/sauna use
  • Camping experiences
  • Bonfire building
  • Viewpoints for visual artists

Please Note:

  • Please double check with our office for availability prior to booking your flights in/out of your home city and Yellowknife.
  • All guests will be required to sign a liability waiver when booking.
  • While it is not mandatory, we 100% recommend all guests ensure they have emergency medical coverage prior to visiting the lodge.


Special symposium package $1000 per person + $198 fuel surcharge + $125 gratuity and 59.90 GST = Totalling $1382.90 per person.

1 person per room occupancy additional 1.25 supplement fee. 5 lodge rooms and 5 cabins, or up to 35 beds.

Date: June 23-25, 2023. Departure time 10:00 am – Return time, 12:00 pm to allow connecting flights out of Yellowknife.

For reservation Contact:

Jackpine Tours – Yellowknife Bay Paddle Tour (June 18)

Enjoy northern adventure on the beautiful Yellowknife Bay, under the midnight sun. Paddle your own canoe with help from an experienced guide and explore the historic Old Town from the water. Novice paddlers are welcome, experienced canoe guides and all paddling equipment included. A brief safety briefing and we’ll be on the water for a three hour paddle, followed by a “wilderness” reception with wine and local gourmet snacks on the shore of Great Slave Lake.

Where: Meet at Rotary Park
When: 5:00pm June 18, 2022.
How: Please email to book your spot! There is no deadline, but registration is on a first-come first-served basis, max number of participants is 30.


 Special Symposium rate $135 + GST. This tour is regularly priced at $235 + GST

*Please come dressed appropriately for the weather and bring a water bottle.

Bluefish Services

Bay Boat Tour

Enjoy Great Slave Lake by boat with a short tour of Yellowknife Bay and Back Bay. Get a different perspective of the city from the waterfront. See fishing boats, float planes, bird life, floating homes and some historical sites.


1 Hour approx

Regular Price $60/person, Symposium Price $50/person

Half Day Trip

Travel up to 40 km (25 miles) from Yellowknife and fish for Northern Pike. Relax and enjoy a delicious shore dinner of fresh caught fish.

To book please contact:
Bluefish Outfitting


4.5 Hours

Regular Price $160/person, Symposium Price $150/person

Trailblazer Tours

Spend the day on a Great Slave Lake fishing adventure in search of Monster Trout and Pike. Enjoy a delicious shore lunch as you take in the beauty of this pristine area. All fishing equipment and tackle provided.

To book please contact:


All Day Fishing

Special Symposium Pricing – $325 per person

Bucket List Tours - Cameron Falls (June 18), City Tour (June 23)

Cameron Falls Tour

After a scenic drive down the Ingraham Trail that winds through Precambrian landscape, with vistas of lakes, forest and ancient rock we will go on a beautiful hike into the Cameron Falls. The is slightly challenging, as we are climbing on rock in parts of the trail. The hike is 30 minutes one way. We arrive at a spectacular display of waterfalls rushing over volcanic rock. Total duration of tour is 4 hours. We will enjoy a light snack at the falls.

Photo courtesy of J.F. Bergeron


Regular Price $89/person, Symposium Price $75/person

Date: June 18, 2023

A minimum of 8 people is required.

Pick up at The Explorer Hotel at 10:00am, drop off at same.

City Tour

We begin with a guided tour of the NWT Legislative Assembly Building, where you will learn about our consensus-style, non-partisan government, one of only a few in Canada.

Following the Legislative Building, we will make our way to the site of Giant Mine. Rich in the history of Yellowknife’s gold mining days. There is an outdoor museum available to view. We will provide history on board. Then we make a quick stop at YKEA and look for local treasures.

Next, we make our way to Buffalo Airway’s home of the popular TV series, Ice Pilots. We will visit the hangar filled with vintage aircraft. Star of the show is Buffalo Joe McBryan, owner of the largest DC 3 ‘s and DC 4’s in North America. These are propeller operated WW2 legendary aircraft.

We will return to the downtown core and stop in at the NWT Diamond Center which purchases diamonds from two of our local mines.
We will the make our way to The Old Town / Latham Island and N’dilo. Travelling through suburban parts of the City and the downtown core.

We will first visit Ragged Ass Road, the same street immortalized by Tom Cochrane on his third album by the same name. We will spend time around Great Slave Lake which is the second largest lake in Canadian borders, the deepest lake in North America at 614 metres, and the tenth-largest lake in the world.

Next is N’dilo, a small Dene community is located on tip of Latham Island, which is actually an isthmus extending from Yellowknife into Great Slave Lake. The land was set aside for use by “status Indians” by the Government of Canada in 1947. The name was officially changed to N’dilo in 1991, which means “end of the island” in the local Dene dialect


Regular price $79, Symposium price $65.00

Date: June 25, 2023

4 hour tour

Pick up at The Explorer Hotel at 10:00am, drop off at same.

Local Attractions

Yellowknife Visitors Centre

You can find the new Yellowknife Visitors Centre in the lower level of the Centre Square Mall, 50th Street entrance is the closest. Our phone number is 920-TOUR (8687) and you can e-mail us at The address is Unit 78, Centre Square Mall, 5014 – 49th Street, Yellowknife, NT X1A 3R8.

We are open seven days a week, Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Visitors Guide - City of Yellowknife

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

Journey through the history and culture as well as the geology and wildlife of the Northwest Territories at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. Varied museum exhibits tell stories about the land and its people including frontier aviation, mining and the Arctic. The Centre is more than a museum as it also houses the Government’s archives and they design and circulate exhibits interpreting the human and natural history of the Northwest Territories. The Centre is located near downtown Yellowknife on the shores of Frame Lake close to the Legislative Building.

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The Legislative Building of the Northwest Territories

The Legislative Building of the Northwest Territories is one of the most unique legislatures in Canada, highlighting the consensus style of government and the traditional values of the people that sets the Northwest Territories apart from other Canadian provinces. The Legislative Assembly also houses one of the territory’s best art collections. Guided tours are available. In a natural setting on the shores of Frame Lake, the beautiful Legislative Assembly building is a short walk from the downtown Yellowknife.

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Yellowknife’s Old Town

One of the most diverse, historic, offbeat neighborhoods in Canada, Old Town is the heart of Yellowknife. Here, where the Precambrian Shield blends into the Great Slave Lake, gold seekers approximately 80 years ago pioneered what was to become the North’s greatest settlement. Today the area is an intriguing mixture of log cabins, mansions, houseboats, float planes, art galleries, famous restaurants, monuments and more. Guides to Old Town’s historic sites are available from the Northern Frontier Visitor Center.

NWT Diamond Centre

At the NWT Diamond Centre enjoy a journey through the vast history of diamond mining in the Canadian North. Learn about the many complexities that bring this truly unique product to market. The centre also features and sells a variety of loose diamonds – mined, cut, and polished in the Northwest Territories as well as displays of jewellery.

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The Bush Pilot’s Monument

The Bush Pilot’s Monument in the Old Townis a must do attraction when visiting Yellowknife. It is a local monument honoring the bush pilots of today and yesterday, who helped open up the north to the rest of Canada. The monument sits on “The Rock”, a six-storey-high hill in the centre of Yellowknife’s Old Town. From the top enjoy the 360 degree view of the city and watch floatplanes land and take off amongst the houseboats.

Yellowknife Farmers Market

The Yellowknife Farmers Market is coordinated by a group of community volunteers. The Farmers Market features: home-made, home-grown, locally harvested products, kids craft area, musical entertainment, and plenty of space for picnics.

When: June – mid-September, every Tuesday, 17:15–19:15.

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Dettah, or “Burnt Point,” is Yellowknife’s Dene settlement of about 220. With a prime location on the rolling shield-rock at the mouth of Yellowknife Bay, Dettah was traditionally a seasonal fish camp which has turned into a permanent settlement in the 1930s. Here you’ll find many examples of traditional Dene lifestyle – whitefish drying on racks and moosehides being tanned. It is 27 km up the Ingraham Trail.

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The Old Town Glassworks

The Old Town Glassworks is a worker’s cooperative that has been creating beautiful recycled glassware from rescued bottles on the shores of Great Slave Lake since 1994. Choose ready-made gifts or express your creative side, and make your very own one-of-a-kind and eco-friendly souvenir, sandblasted with unique northern designs.

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Gallery of the Midnight Sun

Founded in 1989, the Gallery of the Midnight Sun is the largest and most comprehensive Northern Art gallery in the Canadian Arctic which includes Inuit and Dene art as well as other souvenirs. Located in historic Yellowknife’s Old Town on the shores of Great Slave Lake.

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Down to Earth Gallery

Operating in Yellowknife’s Old Town this artist-run Down to Earth Gallery specializes in an eclectic mix of Northern-made art and fine crafts. Located at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Bryson Drive this gallery is open year-round.

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Aurora Emporium Art Gallery

This locally run gallery features authentic indigenous products, Angus Beaulieu original paintings, stone carvings, birch barks baskets with quillwork and much more.

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Visual Effects Ltd

Visual Effects Ltd is located in the core of downtown Yellowknife and has occupied its present space for 17 years. The generous amount of natural light in the store due to a bank of floor to ceiling windows across the front adds greatly to the ambience of the space and helps properly showcase the Fine Art adorning the walls.

With the exception of the saw room and glass cutting areas which are isolated for both noise reduction and customer safety, the bulk of the framing shop has been integrated into the gallery space. As the customer browses the many prints and originals displayed they can also watch the framers at work who are readily available to answer any questions and facilitate them in any way.

The store owners have always been and continue to be very discriminating concerning the products they showcase and champion. All of the artists are well known and highly collectible. The handmade crafts are also carefully selected from an ever growing number of Artisans that frequent the business looking to showcase their work. The business has become a popular destination for many locals just wanting a break in their day, spending a bit of time in a soothing atmosphere.

***Visual Effects is donating a door prize for the symposium

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Buffalo Airways Hangar Tours

Note: The City Tour on June 23rd includes the Buffalo Airways Hangar.

Tours guide you around the northern airline Buffalo Airways Hangar and its fleet; a local icon with vintage and active aircraft in the hangar and outside (weather permitting). The airline was founded by Buffalo Joe (Joe McBryan) in 1970, who gained international fame by the History Channels docu-series “Ice Pilots NWT”. Bush planes and their pilots had a key role in the exploration for diamonds, especially in the Canadian North. Memorabilia can be purchased from the gift shop.

Tours are free and can be booked by calling 867-765-6023 or by emailing by appointment only.

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Bullocks Bistro

World Famous Fish & Chips

Bullocks Bistro is an iconic Yellowknife fish restaurant that has been serving local wild caught fish from Great Slave Lake for 30 years. We are located in a historic Yellowknife log building on the shores of Great Slave Lake. Our food is fresh cooked from scratch in front of you. We make our own delicious bread and sauces.

Show your Symposium registration badge and get 10% discount.

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NWT Brewing Company

Nestled between the wonder of the Aurora Borealis and the rugged nature of the Northern Frontier, our little brewing outpost is one of a kind.

Owned and operated by Fletcher & Miranda Stevens, The NWT Brewing Company opened its doors in November of 2015 along with their brewpub The Woodyard Brewhouse & Eatery located under the same roof in the historic Old Town.

Show your Symposium registration badge and get 10% discount.

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Northern Sky 360° Dome Theater Yellowknife VR Arcade

Northern Sky Films is Yellowknife’s Newest Attraction. In our New 360° Dome Theatre and VR machines, we offer a New Way of watching movies and immersing into new realities. The 360° theatre provides a great immersive experience. Be in awe, as we explore different planets and galaxies or, learn about the majestic Aurora Borealis.Our newest attractions The Flying Wing, Super Car Racing Simulator, Flying Simulator,VR StormBattlefield and VR Theatre will dive you into different worlds. Experience the thrill of professional racing, fly a dragon, battle waves of zombies and many more.

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Spectacular NWT Things to Do

For other ideas for things to do in YK and the rest of the NWT:

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