Archive for 'Sightseeing'
Posted on20. Mar, 2011 by Shane.
This weekend I traveled up the Winter Ice Roads made famous by the popular television series the Ice Road Truckers with my friends Troy and Josh. Our winter ice road adventure was visually stunning (see photos below), awe inspiring and fascinating. In other words, it was an [...]
Posted on15. Mar, 2011 by Shane.
In the Northwest Territories of Canada there are a number of ice roads (aka. ice bridges) that offer land transportation options during winter, opportunities for all kinds of sports and recreation and road access to diamond mines and remote communities not accessible during the summer months. On the edge of Great [...]
Posted on13. Mar, 2011 by Shane.
(March 13, 2011) – It was the perfect weekend for visiting the annual 31 day long Snowking XVI Winter Festival in Yellowknife. This is the 16th year that the Ice Castle has been built out on the thick ice of Great Slave Lake and inside and outside of its frozen [...]
Posted on11. Oct, 2010 by Shane.
The early morning of September 14, 2010 (12:35 am to 1:16 am) was one of the most spectacular displays of Aurora Borealis (a.k.a. northern lights) that I have seen above Yellowknife this year. And thankfully I did not have to leave the comfort of my own backyard for it. Every [...]
Posted on10. Oct, 2010 by Shane.
After a few days of the slow-mo life on Big Island we spontaneously island hopped to Maui (via Hawaiian Airlines) for what became the second part of our Escape to Hawaii. We were immediately greeted by a different kind of Hawaiian spirit. Whereas the Big Island was quiet, laid [...]
Posted on23. Sep, 2010 by Shane.
When one needs to escape the north… one looks for the sun. The summer of 2010 was no exception – and Hawaii was the destination. Our journey began on the Big Island of Hawaii (otherwise officially known as the Island of Hawai’i)… It is the island that can fit [...]
Posted on22. Jun, 2010 by Shane.
On June 22, 2010 between 10:55 am and 12:55 pm our two little robin chicks fledged! For the past two weeks we have been host to a little family of American Robins nesting underneath our deck in Yellowknife. We stopped all backyard activities so that we could give them [...]
Posted on13. Jun, 2010 by Shane.
It was May 29 when we discovered the little American Robin’s Nest under our deck in Yellowknife. At first we thought it was just an empty nest. But after closer inspection we discovered three (3) blue eggs. From that point on we have halted our plans to renovate the backyard until [...]
Posted on21. Mar, 2010 by Shane.
(March 21, 2010) – The Snowking Winter Festival in Yellowknife is a month long event that offers music performances, multiple art shows, dances, weddings and a variety of other entertainments within a large Ice Castle built by the Kings crew. As I mentioned in the Snowking XV Winter Festival Opening Fireworks post the [...]
Posted on07. Mar, 2010 by Shane.
The Aurora Borealis in Yellowknife came out in force on March 6, 2010. The northern sky lit up in multi-coloured ribbons and coiling rivers of light streaking towards the earth. On this occasion we went Aurora Viewing by Dog Team with Beck’s Kennels a local tour company specializing in Aurora tours, dogledding [...]
Posted on24. Jan, 2010 by Shane.
Have a dog? Do you need to walk it? Is it really really cold outside? Well look no further than the ICE ROAD between Yellowknife and Dettah! These Yellowknife folks have found a novel and easy way to walk their dogs at -36 degrees Celsius. And the dogs seem to [...]
Posted on14. Jan, 2010 by Shane.
Here is a photo of a Moon Dog over Yellowknife I had taken on New Years Eve. According to the Wikipedia.org website a moon dog “is a relatively rare bright circular spot on a lunar halo caused by the refraction of moonlight by hexagonal-plate-shaped ice crystals in cirrus or cirrostratus [...]
Posted on24. Dec, 2009 by Shane.
Leaving the store from Christmas shopping for the last time sure feels great – especially when you know you have not forgotten a thing to buy, plan, wrap, build, cook or bake. Now you can focus on relaxation. But wait! There is one more thing to do – check out the Christmas lights [...]
Posted on22. Dec, 2009 by Shane.
If you are hungry for the history of the Northwest Territories then look no further than the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) in Yellowknife. Located on the edge of beautiful Frame Lake, the PWNHC offers one of the best places to discover past and present cultural objects, local [...]
Posted on30. Nov, 2009 by Shane.
There are many destinations on my things to do before I die list. And one of them ‘was’ to experience the mighty Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States - which is one of the natural wonders of the world. Having only seen the Grand Canyon in movies and in pictures I could not [...]
Posted on23. Nov, 2009 by Shane.
The weekend of November 21-22 included the 2nd annual Aurora Arts Society’s ARTS EXPO in Yellowknife. There was quite a selection of high-end visual and wearable art available including paintings, jewelry, baskets, cards, pottery and more. The Aurora Art’s Society comprises of many locally known artists - some of whom were represented at the ART Expo. A few of [...]
Posted on23. Nov, 2009 by Shane.
On my recent Escape to Las Vegas, an essential escape from the isolation, one of my favorite things to do was people watching. Anyone who has been to Las Vegas knows there are a lot of people to watch. People from all around the world converge on Las Vegas to escape from [...]
Posted on17. Nov, 2009 by Shane.
Need to escape Yellowknife? When living in Yellowknife – or in the far north – the feeling of isolation tends to encourage the escape mentality more than those people living in populated areas down south (where access to everything and anything is as simple as hopping into a car for a quick road [...]
Posted on16. Oct, 2009 by Shane.
According to the calendar the first day of winter is actually December 21 this year. However, the calendar was not made in northern Canada. Thus, by northern standards, it is (officially) winter in Yellowknife as gloves, toques, scarf’s and winter jacket’s are becoming the fashionable norm once again. And it will not [...]