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.
By the time we got back from Dallas in November, winter had already arrived in Yellowknife and with that came a series of exciting new adventures… As winter came rolling in, we started to notice a change in the behaviours of the people of Yellowknife; everyone traded in their sneakers for mukluks, snowshoes, or cross-country skis, and traded in their cars for snow machines or ATVs (literally, they would drive their snowmobiles… Read More
And just like that, we were whisked off on a plane (or 2) from the far north to the far south for professional development courses in Dallas, Texas. This being our first time in Dallas, we tried our best to take advantage of the opportunity to explore the city (when we weren’t busy with course work, of course).
Our first month in Yellowknife (October, 2015) was quite the whirlwind! We lived out of our tiny car and tiny cabin for another week and a half after our arrival, started our new jobs, explored our new city, had to purchase absolutely everything to outfit our new 600 square foot apartment and then had to build all the new furniture. Oh, and it was an interesting twist to have to order things… Read More