The Real People of Yellowknife



(All photos by Tim Van Horne)

McLean’s Magazine, somewhat of a Canadian institution, is undertaking a series of articles and videos on the top 10 places to visit in Canada.  My old home, Nelson BC, and my current home, Yellowknife NT, are both on the list.  I love the videos of both towns.  It would be difficult to capture the essence of any place in just 3 minutes, yet both videos do exactly that. I especially love the YK one, as it is full of faces of friends from Old Town.  Houseboater friend and neighbour Daniel is there, with his partner Monique.  They are the folks with the houseboat bed and breakfast (Yellowknife Bay Floating B and B) that I couldn’t wait to stay in if I was visiting.  As well Greg our fisherman friend, and neighbour Lori, a local kick sled pioneer and fellow enthusiast.  But what I love most about the video is how it talks about how being in Yellowknife is a bit like going back in time.  I think that is very true.  I’m  not sure why, but the locals here seem more ‘real’ to me.  I can’t put my finger on it, but folks are more relaxed, less busy, more spontaneous, and they pay more attention to having fun, being social, getting outside, than they do to what they are wearing, driving, the state of the house and lawn (it helps that there are no lawns of course) or the size of their bank accounts or stock portfolios.  I’m not at all sure why this might be so, I could speculate of course, but mostly I just want to enjoy my neighbours and follow their lead in the fine art of living the good life.



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Click here for the link to the video.  You may have to click on the link at the top to get to the one of Yellowknife.  Following the video is the article with some great photos worth seeing.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 1.14.31 PM Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 1.09.17 PMAnd one more thing!  Martin ran into a fellow in Old Town the other day who asked to take his photo.  The photographer was Tim Van Horne, the man behind the Canadian Mosaic Project.  He aims to take photos of 54,000 Canadians, and create a mosaic, in celebration of the upcoming 150 years of confederation.  He was in town for the winter carnival, and stopped by our place to take our photo.

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Its worth browsing through his photos of Yellowknife locals, some 1000 of them, many of them of course our friends and neighbours.   It certainly gives you a good sense of the real people of Yellowknife.  I love the many varieties of winter garb!  To read more about the project, check out his website.  Happy birthday Canada, and happy spring to all fellow Yellowknifers!

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About Tandi

I love my morning coffee, reading, the wilderness, paddling, poetry, my Spanish husband, and being a doctor. I also love writing my blog, and reading yours.
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2 Responses to The Real People of Yellowknife

  1. shoreacres says:

    Oh, my gosh. I just scrolled through the photos first, and it took me a minute to figure out that last photo.What a wonderful idea, and what marvelous photos. There’s a quality about all of them that’s appealing, and I don’t know quite what to call it. Directness, maybe. Dignity. Sheer happiness. The confidence that comes with having to cope with the real (meaning the physical) world.

    Now I’m off to follow all the links. Just a splendid post!

  2. Kate Coffey says:

    Everyone is just glowing,and I can feel life’s joy just radiating. Marvelous.

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