Thursday, June 30, 2011

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

At the end of May, I was invited to give a workshop in Yellowknife (Thank you, Storytellers of Canada). This would be my first time really north in Canada. And I would again enjoy endless daylight as we did 6 months ago in Patagonia at the other end of the Americas.

The sunlight lasted from 4 am to 11 am, but the few night hours never actually got dark. It's more like the sun was hiding just behind the horizon making for amazing skies.

I found the welcome  by the conference organizers exceptional. (Ben was beyond gracious.) And the city, well it is different. Located 1,500 km north of Edmonton, Yellowknife is out there. Few roads exist in the NWT, so I stayed in town for an extra day and hiked around a couple of the many lakes, watched birds and enjoyed the amazing weather. Back country starts as soon as one leaves the built up city.

Would love to go to the Arctic Ocean next time  ... more than another 1,200 km north ... and Nahanni for some hiking. 

Walk around Frame Lake

The Legislative Assembly, NWT. Gorgeous location and
I was told the only round house using
Consensus Government. How cool!

At Bullock's. They boast the best Fish and Chips in Canada.
Filled with character, it was awesome,  as was the price

Great Slave Lake still iced up.

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