Our priorities changed when our son was born and we were ready to give up big city life for a chance to raise him in a smaller community. I was nearing the end of my maternity leave and my husband was offered a job in Yellowknife. The more we learned about Yellowknife, the more it seemed like a great place to raise a family. We arrived in the Land of the Midnight Sun in June 2010. With 20+ hours of daylight each day, it was a fantastic way to be introduced to Yellowknife!
My most important job is being a mom to my son. I also work 20 hours a week as a Tourism Research Analyst with the Government of the Northwest Territories. For me, Yellowknife offers a really great work/life balance.
We love to spend as much time as possible outdoors here – you really can’t beat it. The air is clean, the sun is so bright, the water in the lakes and rivers is clear, and nature and wildlife are all around us. One of our favourite things to do here is to drive up the Ingraham Trail to spend a long summer day at Reid Lake where our son plays at the beach and playground and we can have a BBQ. We also enjoy hiking, especially to Cameron Falls and on the Prospector’s Trail. We had a great time kayaking and canoeing on the Yellowknife River, and driving “down south” to see the buffalo and the Twin Falls this summer too. The festivals and community events – especially Folk on the Rocks were a blast! There are some really great, unique restaurants that we like to eat out at as well, like the Wild Cat Café and Bullocks Bistro.
There are so many great playgrounds and parks for little kids too. Now that it’s almost November, we’re trading the stroller for the sled and starting to get a taste of winter – and it’s a lot of fun! We also keep busy indoors; my husband plays in recreational sports leagues, I go to a local yoga studio, and our son goes to playgroup.
Our move to Yellowknife has afforded me extra time with my toddler and has been an adventure for our whole family. It’s so nice for a little boy to live in such a safe, small city and have nature all around. Yellowknife is a very social community and its citizens have a really generous spirit. We’ve met great friends since moving here that are like family and we’ve also enjoyed visits from our extended family who’ve come to see why we’ve been going on and on about how great this place is!