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Well! So much for THAT mystery tour! What a well informed crowd of people on the blogosphere: Yellowknife it is, indeed. More on why later, but meanwhile, a few winter outdoor activities I plan to participate in:

Dog sledding (I did a bit, for real, growing up – the sole mode of transportation to the tiny village I lived in as a toddler) – and note: you KNOW I love dogs. Sled dogs love going for their races the same way my daschunds love going for their walks. They *love* sledding.

Cross-country skiing (readers: any idea how much I should expect to pay for some reasonable second-hand skis?)

and perhaps even some snowshoeing.




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Imagine if Canadians were known for being all over their money. Engaged. Proactive. Getting out of debt. Savvy. Saving. Generous. Nancy wants to help. Nancy started her own journey with money over 15 years ago, and formed her company “Your Money by Design” in 2004 to help others along the same path. It’s not the usual financial advising/investment stuff. It’s about taking control of day-to-day finances –managing monthly cashflow effectively, spending appropriately, getting out of debt, saving. If you're ready to take control over your finances, pop by her business site, YourMoneybyDesign.com


  1. I was an avid cross-country skier when I was a kid. I grew up in Montreal, so great skiing was always a short drive away.

    A new pair of skis typically goes for well under $200, and that usually includes the boots, bindings and poles. Used would probably be less than half that.

    Thanks for the prompt: I need to get back to this wonderful sport.

    Carmi’s last blog post..Burger King vacates its throne


    Jan 17, 2009
  2. That looks like loads of fun. When I lived in Germany I gave a shot at skiing, but this little island girl is definitely better off in the water.

    By the way, it looks like all these folks have some brains and ARE wearing their pants. In response to your amazement, no I did not go sans pants on No Pants 2009. I wouldn’t do it to myself, or the hapless bystanders!

    Bego’s last blog post..more global warming


    Jan 19, 2009
  3. brad

    For skis, you can usually pick up a good pair of used x-c skis at annual ski and skate sales (schools and other community organizations often sponsor these in the autumn) or at any used sporting-goods store. Here in Montréal we have la Poubelle du Ski, which is where we got our skis seven years ago and they have served us well all that time. I think I paid about $80 for my whole set (skis, boots, poles, and they even threw in some wax). The staff are knowledgeable and the skis they picked out for me are the best fit I’ve ever had. Mountain Equipment Co-op’s membership exchange (availalbe online or in the store) is also a place where you might find used skis, but if you don’t know what you’re looking for it’s better to go to a store and make sure the skis fit you properly.


    Jan 19, 2009
  4. Wooly Woman

    Wow Nancy, what a great adventure! Best of luck on the move. I do have to say though from the pics of your dogs… I don’t know they will be pulling your sled? 🙂 Never been to Yellowknife, but hitchhiked the Dempster Hwy, quite an epic adventure, beautiful country. Keep us posted!


    Jan 22, 2009
  5. @carmi and @brad – that is totally affordable, even for a money coach. I’ve always just rented skis (owned my downhill skis) but I’m pretty committed to making x-country part of my lifestyle up there.
    @bego You lived in Germany? When? How long? Do you miss it?
    @wooly woman If you decide you want to visit yellowknife, just say the word and I can help you have a great visit any way I can. I have been preparing the daschunds for their new lives as working dogs, but they just look at me like I’m out of my mind. Go figure.

    nancy’s last blog post..Investing with a conscience


    Jan 23, 2009

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