YELLOWKNIFE, December 13 -- The producers and cast of “Ice Lake Rebels” on Discovery Channel may have failed to tell viewers a thing or two.
Tipped off by an anonymous email from a Yellowknife Resident, a little online research disclosed that the series is indeed presenting a slightly unrealistic view of the location of the houseboat residents on Great Slave Lake in Yellowknife. Judging from the attached photograph, you can see that the information received was correct. There are even a few 10-story buildings there!
The astonished anonymous writer quipped:
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.