Welcome back to the blog.
On occasion, I’ll have a collection of assorted items from my notebook and reactions from items I see on my Tweetdeck and other platforms. While I believe them to be interesting, they might not warrant a full blog post.
Here’s edition No. 1.
A self-described ‘Canadian Travel Influencer’ has included Yellowknife in its 2019 Travel Wish List – 5 Places To Go This Year In Canada.
Now that’s great. In fact, Yellowknife slots in at No. 2 on the list.
Poking around the ehCanadaTravel.com site, it appears this is the first year for the Top-5 list.
And I have to give the folks behind the website — two brothers, Colin and Greg Girard, from B.C. — some credit for their methodology, as stated.
“We have covered all of Canada using good-ole fashion rubber-tire and hiking boot technology. “When creating our 2019 travel wish list we have to take many things into consideration. We are not nearly as fortunate as our deep-pocket government DMOs and RTOs. We cannot afford, nor want to, spend $15 for a glass of orange juice and have a 10 person entourage stay in a resort at $400 a room like our government tourism counterparts. No we tent it, RV it and drink tap water. We call it boots-on-the-ground tourism.”
The allure of Yellowknife was “a must-do repeat” for the brothers.
They mention a “heard” — that’s herd, guys — of free roaming buffalo seen on the drive up, the Pilots Monument, Cameron Falls Trail, the bountiful fishing in Great Slave Lake and walking on the Canadian Shield (“it is like walking on the moon.”)
It’s impossible to gauge the benefits of being included on this list.
However, it’s surely better than news we’ve made other listings, such as being the most expensive place to live, highest crime rates per capita, and so on.
For the record, here’s ehCanadaTravel.com‘s full wish list for 2019:
(1) Canmore, Alberta
(2) Yellowknife, NWT
(3) Churchill , Manitoba
(4) Twillingate, Newfoundland
Another list we topped recently was something called the Long John Index.
A disclaimer on the site — yes, in this era of eternal dumbness, everything needs a warning — states the regularly updated map “is a ‘not-scientific-whatsoever’ method of measuring when, and if, one should be wearing a pair of thermal long underwear. It is used for entertainment and gambling purposes, and should not be confused with your preferred weather service.”
OK, got it. I will wear long underwear if it’s cold, not if a cartoon map tells me to.
In any event we recently scored a 5/5. Whitehorse on the same day was a 3/3.
“Long Johns should be worn INDOORS,” states he site about that ranking. “Don’t even bother going outdoors. Don’t even look at the outdoors, unless you have Long Johns for your eyes.”
Lots of laughs.
What I’ve learned since living up here is that it isn’t actually much colder than in places I’ve lived in southern Canada. The difference is, that on the prairies it might not stay as cold as long. And it isn’t as dark. But they get a lot more snow.
So I’ve really given up being concerned about how cold it is here. I have a good parka. I plug my truck in.
I wear a toque and — yes — long johns if I plan to be outdoors for a longer period of time.
But to be repeatedly amazed about it being -33 C in the morning in mid-January is the mantra of wimps. Or people stuck for idle chat fodder in an elevator.
In court recently, I surveyed the public gallery and realized that all the reporters there had been employed at one time — or still were — by Northern News Services Ltd.
Yup, all five of us had toiled in the blue tin barn in downtown Yellowknife.
One, Brendan Burke, is the current cops and courts reporter and one of the most dedicated and talented young journalists I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
Another, Richard Gleeson, is now the veteran courts reporter for CBC North. His journalism is top shelf.
Emelie Peacock came to NNSL a couple of years ago and left to work at a community paper in B.C. She has just returned to Yellowknife to report for 101.1 Moose FM and its My Yellowknife Now website. It’s always nice to see someone moving back to this city.
Two of us in the room had the dubious distinction of having been fired from NNSL.
The colourful John McFadden has simply continued his career at CKLB.
And I am a proud contributor to Cabin Radio, a community online radio station that I believe has a very bright future in the NWT.
This city is lucky to have a number of media outlets (and there are more smaller outfits than were represented in court that day, such as the French language L’Aquilon).
It gives the consumer of news more choices and more viewpoints. It also keeps us reporters on our toes, each of us wanting to do our best.