Yellowknife – such a northern place and so beautiful. In early February we ventured up to the Northwest Territories to see the Northern Lights – that post is next. We quickly found out that Yellowknife is visited by more than 7000 visitors each month. Yes, in a month! The small little city is full of people from all over the world. We stayed warm and took pictures when our hands weren’t freezing.
First – we drove and stayed in High Level on the way there and on the way home – this picture is of Lily in her couch canoe. She’s so adorable.
The first thing you’re going to want to do when you get to Yellowknife is visit the Visitors Centre. Lily was allowed inside and met this polar bear. They will also help you plan your visit, give you a pin and if you drove, like us, they’ll give you a complimentary parking pass – total score!
This sign is one of the best welcome signs I’ve ever seen – it’s just awesome.
Okay – so this is funny. It was on average -32 degrees when we visited. My camera didn’t much like the cold, nor did my fingers. I couldn’t figure out how to set the delay on my camera, so here is Bryce trying to be as quick as the flash and make it back for the photo. Too funny.
Finally, after warming up, I figured it out and snagged this beauty. Such a great family photo.
The Ice Road
So this Ice Road is between Yellowknife and Detah and is only open in January and February.
Little note – the guy at the Visitors Centre told us that the spots that are the strongest are the places with all the cracks. The ice is up to 6 feet deeper by the cracks because the air travels down them and freezes more water. Neat, eh?
This is the Ice Road at the end of the line – home of Ice Road Truckers. Off to the diamond minds they go!
This is me saying good-bye to Yellowknife. It was fun and we might be back!
Thanks so much for visiting – have a wonderful day and be sure to check out my next post – Northern Lights (taken by a non-photographer with cold hands!).