Yellowknife is a pretty new city. It had developed from a gold seekers’ tent town in the 30s. The first settlement here was a base for numerous gold mines in the area, which appeared after the second world war. In Dene language this northern city is called Somba K’e, which means “where money is”. In less than a hundred years Yellowknife turned from a small, remote community into a cosmopolitan capital of the north. It’s estimated that there are over 150 world languages in use in this city inhabited by 20 thousand people. Today you can still feel the climate of the old good times, although complemented by modern downtown. Indeed it is a place worth visiting. Here is my little list of 6 must see places in Yellowknife:
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The Northwest Territories are still not fully discovered by tourists. Even if there is no lack in places to visit in the north, since most of them don’t have a road access, you need to spend a good amount of money and time to get there. One of the roads ends in Yellowknife and connects to only a few little communities. The second one being the famous Dempster Highway in the Yukon, which ends in Inuvik, a little town on the Northwest Territories’ side of the border.
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There is an abandoned gold mine on the shore of Contwoyto Lake, Nunavut, called Lupin mine, that used to house around 500 employees. It was so big that it had it’s own jet airplane rotating employees in and out of Edmonton multiple times a week. Here are a couple photo galleries of what the mine looks like now that it is quiet, as well and the local inhabitants who are traveling south for the winter.
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If you were to search ‘Canadian arctic’ online, you were come up with endless pictures of white landscapes, maps of the untouched territory, and unimaginable wildlife. Though this a true representation of the Canadian north, it ignores another side, one that leaves an all too common bitter taste in your mouth that humans and ‘southern economical progress’ have passed though.
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They attach temporary wheels and drive ‘er out!
Water survey trips take place year round and cover huge areas all across northern Canada in a small twin engine bush plane. They put the crew and surveyors out in the wilderness and expose them to the extreme elements. Depending on the season, these trips can be pure pleasure, or pure pain. Continue reading “All for the sake of water”
On the weekend of April 4th I was scheduled to fly the twin otter and take people for 20 minute city tours of Yellowknife during the yearly Long John Jamboree. Here’s the view of the city from overhead
It has been almost three years since we both moved up to Yellowknife. Neither of us knew what to expect from this place that we would soon call home. Even on the Internet there was not too many information about the north and Yellowknife. A lot of things surprised us at the beginning, things that became more natural with time. We have chosen seven of them for this article.
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In late September of 2014 I was crewed on a trip to bring some local Dene trappers from Yellowknife to Hornell lake, on the Horn plateau, roughly 250 kilometers west of Yellowknife.
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