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Yellowknife

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5 travelers at this place:

  • Day2

    Happy Canada Day!

    July 1 in Canada

    As part of this adventure we get to celebrate Canada’s 151st birthday in Yellowknife. The day starts off with a parade through downtown… red and white everywhere. After the parade we went for lunch at The Wildcat Café [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wildcat_Cafe]. This restaurant is the oldest in Yellowknife and is only open during the summer months, it has an interesting history and a great menu. Following lunch we walked up the hill to visit the Bush Pilot's Monument and had a great view of the houseboats. We continued our tour by the Yellowknife Wharf, the Bank of Toronto Building, and then a driving tour of more of Old Town, Latham Island and City Centre. We stopped at the Visitor Centre and got our Yellowknife pin. On our way home we also drove by the location of Sarah and Stewart’s new house. Once back at home we enjoyed dinner and some beers and played a wild game of Yantzee!Read more

  • Day1

    Sarah and Stewart's house... After dropping off our luggage we went for a beer flight at the NWT Brewing Co. [www.nwtbrewingco.com] (great first stop). After that we picked up some groceries and returned home to make dinner and visit.

  • Day3

    Yellowknife Day 2

    July 2 in Canada

    With partly clouding skies overhead we headed out for some more touring. We stopped at the Welcome to Yellowknife sign and Bristol Freighter Historical Airplane. We then drove out to the Yellowknife Giant Mine and Boat Launch. We returned to downtown to have lunch at Boston Pizza. After a quick stop back at home to grab some fishing gear we got some ice cream and headed out to the Yellowknife River Bridge. Stewart and the boys cast a few lines in the river and Oliver caught a fish, but it got away before he could reel it in.
    Our day wound down back at Sarah and Stewart’s with some dinner, repacking and relaxing. Alarm was set and we got tucked in. Tomorrow is on its way!
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  • Day76

    Yellowknife, NWT

    August 12, 2017 in Canada

    Yellowknife has not had the greatest recommendations from most people we spoke to before we arrived. The Northwest Territories has rave reviews, but not so much its provincial capital. It's pretty industrial, being built around the mining industry, but definitely has its charm. The farmer's market is a real hub of activity, the bars and restaurants are plentiful, have a good atmosphere and serve great beer and food. They even have a pretty big local baseball scene - Marie being the star player :)
    It also has a great health service which we had the unfortunate opportunity to sample when Maddie went in for emergency surgery to remove some painful ovarian cysts. It could have been a very scary time in terms of health and expense (we did think it might be the end of our trip a couple of times), but the care we received was just fantastic. Get sick in Yellowknife everyone!
    It's also apparently one of the best spots to view the northern lights which we didn't know before we got here! Even in August, we saw it several times very clearly! It's a place that transforms in the winter - the lakes completely freeze (including Great Slave I think which is the size of the south east of England!) opening up the iceroads and tons of winter sports! Would love to come back in March which is the party month apparently. It's cold, but not as inhospitable as people think. Although I'm sure that's a secret Yellowknifers want to keep to themselves!
    It has its fair share of wildlife.. we were visited by a few bears whilst at Madeline Lake who were after France's compost, came too close to a howling coyote on the highway at 1am, watched the eagle's, ospreys and beavers on the lake, got woken up a rowdy family of lynx and heard tales of wolf packs terrorising and befriending the dogs!
    One very sinister aspect to the area is the legacy the huge gold mine has left - tons of poisonous arsenic spewed into the atmosphere, polluting the lakes. It's an incredibly sad story which has a lasting legacy. Millions of tons of arsenic are being contained below ground at great expense. If it ever leaks out, best case scenario it makes the area uninhabitable, worst case.. well there's enough to kill every human on the planet several times over. Arsenic will never decay either so it's here to stay. For ever and ever and ever...
    But it's pretty safe right now and perfectly fine for a visit! Forget freezing nights watching a cloudy sky in Iceland - get to Yellowknife!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Yellowknife, يلونايف, Yellounayf, Горад Елаўнайф, Йелоунайф, Γελοουνάιφ, یلونایف, ילונייף, YZF, イエローナイフ, იელოუნაიფი, 옐로나이프, Cultellus Flavus, Jelounaifas, Jelounaifa, Јелоунајф, Йеллоунайф, Йэллоунайф, யெலோனைஃப், Єллоунайф, یلوکنیفے, 黃刀鎮, 耶罗纳夫

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