Finally moving to Northwest Territories

Trip Start Feb 20, 2011
Trip End Feb 20, 2012

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

So, a few years ago, it was my goal to visit every province and territory in Canada.

In 2009, I traveled to Iqaluit and completed my mission.

Out of all the places in Canada that I have been, I have always loved the Yukon the best.

In 1999 I went to a Girl Guide camp there. If anyone's ever been to the Yukon, everywhere you go, people constantly tell you that when you leave, for the rest of your life, you'll want to go back.

This was the case for me.

Since about 2005, I have been searching and searching for a job in my field up in the north.

Never did I get an interview, until a couple of weeks ago for the job of a reporter at the Inuvik Drum.

After a chat with Bruce Valpy, he invited me to come for a year to the tip of the Yukon, technically the Northwest Territories, but it's close enough for me.

It's a town of 3,400. They have a running club, curling rink, ginormous hockey rink, indoor pool/whirlpool/sauna/waterslide and eight couchsurfers for me to have adventures with.

So, I'm collecting all of my warmest clothes, stuffing it into three pieces of checked and approved luggage and as of Feb. 20 I am off!

I'll be spending a week or so in Yellowknife for training and then I will venture to the Great White North.

You can follow along on my blog, I'll try to send out updates every now and then.

Au revoir!

So my mom and dad drove up to Shawville and helped me pack all of my stuff into a big van and we drove it down to Niagara, where it will stay for a year. I had to throw out my mattresses and I left my bed frame, bedside table and couch in the apartment for Heather. She said I could.

We had a goodbye dinner with Scott, Ann, Andrea and Yen at Cafe 349 and then packed everything up.
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greekcypriot on

As long as you are prepared for really cold weather Luise!!
Good luck indeed. It sounds interesting anyway.

starlagurl on


Thanks Popi, I'm excited!

gildo on

Awesome! Looking forward to reading about your adventures as always! :)

drfumblefinger on

"There's a land where the mountains are nameless,
And the rivers all run God knows where;
There are lives that are erring and aimless,
And deaths that just hang by a hair;
There are hardships that nobody reckons;
There are valleys unpeopled and still;
There's a land -- oh, it beckons and beckons,
And I want to go back -- and I will."

The Spell of the Yukon. Robert W Service.

I first visited the Yukon in 1998 on the Centennial of the Klondike Gold Rush, a period of history that always fascinated me. I hiked the Chilkoot trail and canoed the Yukon River into Dawson. It was fantastic.!!

The land does get under your skin and I too want to get back soon. Good luck and I look forward to hearing about your adventures!

Seal on

Good luck Louise, hope you have total blast in the North.

Sue and Kevin McCarthy on

Have a GREAT year and keep in touch with your northern adventures.

starlagurl on

Yeah that's the poem, thanks!

I did a horsebackriding camp in the middle of Kluane Park, totally awesome.

Thanks for all the kind words guys.

rachelkw on

Cool! Look forward to reading about it! xx

starlagurl on

It's where the ice road ends!

You have to take two ice bridges or a ferries to get there if you are driving.

Dianne and Joe Nepp on

Wish you all the luck in the world. Keep in touch love Uncle Joe and Aunt Dianne

starlagurl on

Thank you!

I should be back for Christmas... I get a month for holidays so hopefully I can take it in December, when it's the darkest up there!

Ray on

Now that sounds like an adventure! I wish you good luck and good fortune! Does that mean ur leaving Travelpod? or just moonlighting up north? Enjoy the trip and the adventures in the wild north west.

Ray aka TCGUM

starlagurl on

Haha, I left TP almost a year ago!

Thanks for the good wishes. Where are you at now? Florida?

big_red_truck on

Hey Louise! Congrats on the new job and the new adventure! Remember, don't feed the bears!

starlagurl on

Thanks bubba. I'll try to remember that, haha.

Jenn Ma on

Hey Louise,
It's been a while. You're always going places. I've left Ottawa and now I'm stationed in Toronto. I'll be sure to keep updated.

nixsboys on

Congratulations! It is great when dreams start to come together - wishing good luck for your new adventures.

starlagurl on

Thanks guys!

I don't know how long I'll be staying there. But I'm determined to live there for a whole year, then if I don't like it, at least I have no regrets!

Danielle on

Congrats Louise! I hope you have a great year!

starlagurl on

Thanks Danielle. Is this my cousin? I heard there were openings for nurses at the hospital...

mom and dad on

We're glad you made your dream and wish come true. Good luck, but we'll miss you soooo much. It really be a great adventure!
Love mom and dad

Liam Myers on

I'm sure you're really going to heat up the Great White North!

Remember the best way to ice fish is to cut a hole in the ice first.


starlagurl on

Thanks Liam, will do!

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