The popular reality television show about the houseboaters in Canada’s Yellowknife Bay leads viewers to think that these people are living a survival lifestyle deep in the Northwest Territory.
The tension mounts when it appears they might not catch enough fish through the frozen ice in order to avoid starvation over the winter. Someone omitted to add that these rugged folks are only a short walk from grocery stores, restaurants, malls, movie theaters, doctors’ offices and more.
The house boaters are 50 feet from shore, 100 meters from a grocery store but they pretend to be starving in the middle of the bush, way out on the land in some great frontier but they're actually surrounded by 20,000 people who spend their days sipping on lattes and surfing the web on their iPhones.
YKonline.ca provides a great overview of Yellowknife, and there are even listings of restaurants. So, if that fishing trip doesn’t turn out, there is no shortage of alternatives for these “off-grid” folks, even a Vietnamese restaurant. Of course, depending on their choice of a lifestyle, they may not have the income to sustain these restaurant meals or trips to the grocery store, but that is not the way it is presented.
The lifestyle of living on the icy waters of Great Slave Lake is unique and a very interesting setting for a reality show. The lives chosen by these people are indeed beset with hardship, solely based on the work involved in keeping their houseboat homes from being destroyed by the ever-changing ice conditions. Many months of the year are difficult for anyone who chooses the Northwest Territory of Canada as their home because of the plunging temperatures, but it is important to note that Yellowknife is the capital! Most viewers understand that reality TV is usually scripted to some point, but “Ice Lake Rebels” should “get real” with their viewers about the overall backdrop of the show.