June and July 2016 were chalked full of outdoor activity so we could soak up as much sunshine and hot summer heat as possible! We celebrated the beginning of July and Canada’s birthday with the Canada Day parade, which we happily enjoyed from the comfort of our own balcony. There were various activities planned throughout the city for the celebration so we walked over to the Somba Ke Civic Plaza to enjoy… Read More
Mom and Dad T made the long trek to Yellowknife in June; just in time for the longest day of the year and the anticipated “Midnight Sun”. Since Yellowknife is located below the Arctic Circle, it’s more of a midnight twilight rather than full sunshine but still a pretty strange experience – it’s amazing how quickly midnight can sneak up on you when the sun never seems to set!
Diamond mining was first introduced in Canada in the early 1990’s when geologists discovered the diamond-encrusted kimberlite pipes in the Canadian North. Currently, there are three major diamond mines in operation in NWT, all a short flight from Yellowknife which prompts the city to boast the title: “Diamond Capital of North America”.
The Long John Jamboree marks the end of the Snowking Festival and the official beginning of Spring in Yellowknife. It is a quintessential Canadian outdoor experience complete with a Long “John”spiel outdoor curling tournament, Northern Putting Challenge (where ice hockey meets mini put), igloo-building, maple syrup taffy, ice sculpture competitions, poutines, ski plane tours, snow volleyball, a BRR tent, snow yoga, a snow stage, and the annual Burn on the Bay (a… Read More
In mid-March we had the pleasure of hosting our first visitors to Yellowknife: Adam’s brother and sister-in-law, Bryan and Nicole! It was an action-packed week that truly highlighted the magic of March in the Knife.
The month of March brings new life to Yellowknife and the North. As the days become longer but temperatures remain low, the cold days are enhanced by bright, cloudless skies. For Yellowknife in particular, March is a special time as it boasts the month-long Snowking Festival.
On the sunny Thanksgiving morning, we packed up our things from Oreland Motel in Flin Flon and hit the road for Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Under the big blue sky, we thought we would take a bit of detour and take a leisurely cruise through the beautiful Prince Albert National Park.
As soon as we arrived back in Thompson from Churchill, we fuelled up and headed to our next destination, the quaint mining town of Flin Flon, Manitoba. Flin Flon is named after the fictional sci-fi novel hero Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin (AKA Flinty), a grocer turned explorer who (in the novel The Sunless City) discovers another world in a bottomless volcanic lake. The story is that the prospector who staked claim of the… Read More
Early Thursday morning, we set out to explore Glacier National Park. We opted to partake in one of the most popular activities in the park: driving the Going-to-the-Sun road. It didn’t take long for us to see why this drive is so famous as we cruised along, winding through the Rocky Mountains and marvelling at their vastness. After hours of driving in awe (and stopping at almost every lookout turnoff), we realized… Read More