First Impressions

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
Trip End Feb 16, 2012

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Flag of Canada  , Northwest Territories,
Sunday, August 1, 2010

Right off the bat, this place is special to us because it is where we got engaged in 2008. Still though, do you know the expression 'nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there"?  With this in mind, we are going into this House Hunting Trip with fresh eyes.
The sun is almost always shining and it is easy to navigate this city (the only city in the Northwest Territory).  We've done a lot of exploring.  There are beautiful painted murals and lots of window shopping to do on the mainstreet (called Franklin Avenue in honour of the famous northern explorer).  
The people are super friendly and notably quirky in conversation, we really have enjoyed meeting all kinds of people in our travels. Many have told us they came to Yellowknife for a summer, and now it's been decades and they haven't left yet! 

While waiting for a phone call with word that we have a place to live, we've been catching up on our TV - watched various programs in Inuktitut trying to grasp the language and lots of Food Network (I'm addicted!) Besides that, our main activity has been tasting the local fare - seems like it's always meal time!! Fine by me, it's the best time of the day and there's a lot of good things to eat around here.   
We tried the famous 'Bullocks Bistro' where we tasted amazing sweet and flaky fish in a light and tasty batter.  It was pretty near worth $29 per plate, and obviously others agree, the place was packed!  The wait was long but hey, where else do you have to be?

We checked out The Visitor's Centre for maps and general information about the North.  When we told them we were relocating they gave us a very thick folder of information to consume.  So now I've made a 'must-do' list and I'm looking forward to lots of travel in the territories (to communities like Gjoa Haven, Lutsel K'e, Deline, Nahani Butte, Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk).  I want to travel by traditional dog sled, see the roaming Caribou herds, and kayak the numerous waterways.  I love the feeling of having so much new space to explore.

Pictures of our house hunting trip below... not so much the house or the hunting part though.

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