Dags Marasigan


Trip to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories for the Aurora Borealis. April 25-26, 2008

First stop of my vacation on April 2008 - Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.  It was touted to be the best place in Canada to see the Aurora Borealis commonly known as northern lights.

From 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 buildings.

On my way to the place where I stayed, Blue 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 3:00 am. 

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.