First stop of my vacation on April 2008 -
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. It was touted to be the best
place in Canada to see the
commonly known as northern lights.
the airport, I immediately went to
Yellowknife museum which was half-filled with artifacts. Then
walked 2 blocks towards the "new downtown" area. Yellowknife had a
small square center mall and just about 4-5 blocks of financial/office
On my way to the place where I stayed,
Raven Bed & Breakfast, I was able to pass by "old downtown" which was
just a 15 minute walk from the "new downtown." In essence, you can
tour the center of Yellowknife in half day.
Had supper at the Yellowknife famous
Bullock's Bistro which served local fish and caribou steak. The
restaurant had a unique atmosphere but had the WORST service. At that
time, there were only 2 servers (cashier, cook, server at the same time) and
they were catering to about 50 customers at that time.
It seems that Bullock's Bistro's bad service
was part of its unique atmosphere. However, it was the only restaurant
where you can have a taste of Yellowknife cuisine.
Their marina was all frozen up and I was able
to walk on the iced
Great Slave Lake. Though it was already spring time in Toronto, the lake
was still being used as a small airport and part of it as runway.
Some parts of the lake were also used as ice
roads that enabled transportation of goods through these crossings rather
than being flown.
Waited until the aurora borealis appeared at
about 1:30 am and watched the stream of green and red lights that danced until
My camera was not the ideal equipment to
capture the awesome beauty of the aurora. Nonetheless, the first hand
experience of seeing the aurora was a lifetime dream.
For the second leg of my vacation at Varadero,
Cuba, please click here.