Please note the contest is now closed and we have announced our big winners! Congrats go out to Bob Manley and Becky from Roadtrip With A Reason!
Our time reporting from the North is nearing its end for the winter season, but we don’t want to finish up without sharing just a little bit more Yellowknife with you. We have TWO prize packs, each worth over $75 to give away to two lucky followers. All you have to do is leave a comment below, stating your favourite thing about Yellowknife in the winter! We will draw two names on Friday, April 22nd to determine the winners!
Tony Procure is the Master Roaster at TJ’s Sweet and Spicy NUT HUT in Yellowknife, and we’re also pretty sure that he roasts the best nuts in North America. We spent a morning with Tony and his wife/manager Janet learning about, cracking, and tasting nuts… and by the end of the morning we were nuts about nuts.
This video showcases two things very well:
1) Alex can eat a lot of nuts.
2) Tony and Janet know a lot about nuts.
Another thing this video showcases is us felting our very own scarves! If you live in the Toronto area you may see us wearing them, and unfortunately they’re not for sale. Sorry!
We HIGHLY recommend including a visit to TJ’s Nut Hut on your next visit to Yellowknife.
Spending some time at The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre should be on your list of things to do in Yellowknife. There are exhibits there that you can only see in person such as the Inuvialuit artifact exhibit, a traditional Dene moose-skin boat, the Mackenzie Valley Air Mail exhibit, and other exhibits shown in the video above.
But, the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre has made several of our favourite exhibits available online. At the top of our ‘must watch’ list is a video titled ‘The Land Up Here’. It’s a short video that showcases the geographical and cultural history of the Northwest Territories. You can, and should, view it by clicking here. You can also view the works of Henry Busse, Yellowknife’s first professional photographer, they’re spectacular in person and online. View this photographic exhibit of the North by clicking here. Lastly, The Legendary Sky Project will be at the centre until June of 2011 and it’s a great exhibition on what causes Aurora Borealis and Northern Sky Knowledge – it could be coming to a city near you later this year. Learn more by clicking here.
If you want a tour of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories whilst in Yellowknife they’re available (for free) Monday to Friday. Simply show up at the front desk at 10:30am, and a knowledgable tour guide will explain to you the symbolism behind Yellowknife’s coat of arms, why the Mace of the NWT rattles when you shake it, why the main chamber of the legislative assembly is round, and much more! And, after completing the tour you get a free postcard and pin.
We love getting outdoors and taking in the natural wonders that exist wherever we travel. We can never get over how magnificent this continent is, and how different it is from region to region. The area surrounding Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories is extra special. It is subarctic (almost desert-like in fact) and even though many trees are over 100 years old, they never grow very large. Between the wood buffalo, the ptarmigans (think round fluffy snowball shaped birds), and the snowshoe hare, the fauna is wildly different than what we find at home around Toronto.
Knowing very little about the Yellowknife climate and geography, we enlisted the help of Rosanna Strong from Strong Interpretations to take us out on a guided hike to Cameron Falls (just outside of the city). We learned so much from Rosanna, who also took us on a traditional snowshoe hike around Pontoon Lake! What a spectacular day in the woods – check out some of what we got up to on the trails!