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Elizabeth's Story - Yellowknife

Before moving here, if I thought of Yellowknife at all, I pictured a very small town with little to do and very cold! Well, it’s not such a small town, the cold is easy to dress for because it’s drier, and it brings with it a beauty I have not seen anywhere else. Coming from a girl from Truro, Nova Scotia, that’s saying a lot! After university in 2005, I came to Yellowknife for a job with an accounting firm. I’m now a financial analyst for Diavik Diamond Mines and work out of the downtown office.

Getting involved in Yellowknife was easy. There is just about every activity you could want here. You meet people doing one activity, they recommend something else that’s going on and before you know it, you’ll have a great circle of friends and a full social calendar! One of my favourite things to do is horseback riding. There is a stable on the outskirts of Yellowknife and I go there every chance I get. I also volunteer with the Aurora Horse Association and help organize local events. My other favourite activities are fishing, camping, sledding, dog agility and softball. I have experienced so many unique activities here – ice fishing, northern lights viewing, driving on ice roads, some pretty great high school stage productions, and the Banff Film Festival, to name a few. There’s also Folk on the Rocks music festival, a herc pull (yes, Team Diavik pulled a Hercules aircraft), flying in float planes, the Hay River Lobster Fest, GPS geo-caching, and a low-tech form of treasure hunting – yard ‘sale’ing on summer weekends. When you come, be prepared to have fun – and be busy!