On our second stop-in to Edmonton, Alberta, we stayed at a beautiful old home in the trendy neighbourhood of Strathcona. We explored the city by bicycle and foot and met up with some familiar faces for good laughs and good burgers.
We also couldn’t pass up our last chance for big shopping at West Edmonton Mall – a city in itself. Skating rinks, swimming pools, roller coasters, and shoes!
From here, with our tiny car stuffed to capacity we excitedly headed onward and upward to the Great White North. We drove through endless farmlands and the many logging communities of Northern Alberta. The excitement of approaching our final destination was building and building as we passed by the first few cars with license plates shaped like polar bears! Our first stop before the border was in High Level, AB which functions well as a rest stop for travellers headed north as it is about halfway between Edmonton and Yellowknife and appropriately equipped with a variety of hotel/motel chains.
The next day, we headed out early and reached the 60th parallel and the border of Northwest Territories! As we drove along the highway west of (the appropriately named) Wood Buffalo National Park, we crawled past several herds of buffalo grazing along the highway. After approximately 7.5 hours of driving, we finally arrived in our new hometown of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories!
Upon arrival to the capital city, we discovered that our brand new condo apartment was not yet move-in ready. Although this came as a surprise to us, our new neighbours ensured us this is a familiar and typical occurrence in YK as they affectionately joked, “Welcome to the North!”
Luckily, our landlords arranged for us to stay in a cute little cabin in Yellowknife’s historic Old Town. Home Sweet (temporary) Home.
Adam & Amanda