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2090171272_4ce1516f42Photo Credit: preciouskhyatt This is a photo outside my work building, on a warmer day.

H-Frack -30 is cold! Those of you who have lived in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Minnesota, I bet you know what I’m talking about. The kind of cold where you unconsciously walk-run. The kind of cold where you go a block out of your way just to cut through a mall to get the quick reprieve you need. The kind of cold where your forehead feels seized up, your eyes glisten and your legs get numb before you realize you’re cold. For a brief moment I even considered walking through a car’s exhaust just to warm my legs!

My darling daschunds refuse to even step outside. Full stop.

Thankfully, I was gifted with a beautiful fur coat. I wouldn’t normally wear fur for all the usual reasons, but this is something very special. It was handmade by an Inuit woman in Tuktoyuktuk back in the 40s or 50s. It’s stunning, and it keeps me toasty. I feel honoured to wear it.

Yep, it’s cold. But then there’s the northern lights. The vast silence of miles of snowy land. The brave, brave ravens, those characters, who fluff up and squawk at you from the lamp posts which warm their feet. There’s lots to love despite the cold.

Many things have struck me in my first four days, but none more than how active this community is. How’s this for my social schedule?

Saturday, my first evening – coffeehouse fundraiser for Amnesty International
Monday – open-to-public planning meeting for Yellowknife’s 75th Anniversary celebration this summer
(remind me to tell you the stories of the first barges of the spring bearing beer, back in the 40s).
Tuesday – shrove Tuesday community pancake supper at the United Church
Thursday – cinema politica, “screening truth to power”
Friday – live concert, baroque music

politics. arts. food. It’s all good 🙂

If the rest of the week’s events are like the events I’ve gone to so far, there will be a healthy turnout to these events.

So, that’s my first post from Yellowknife, NWT!

My next posts will go back to money coaching, and my header image will change, but I wanted to relay my initial impressions.

Readers: Any Canada-Cold stories to share? How did you survive?

About the Author


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

9 Comments

  1. When I was in Yellowknife last March, I took almost the exact same picture as the one you show here: http://flickr.com/photos/drbethsnow/2365381862/

    That’s the coldest I’ve ever experienced! Taking my hand out of mitten to take that photo resulted in an almost instant freeze! But in truth, when I was all bundled up in my big coat/hat/mitts, -22 wasn’t as bad as I imagined. I even went for a walk down the street, just to check it out!

    Beth’s last blog post..Things I Wish I Were Eating Right Now – A List

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    Feb 24, 2009
  2. nancy (aka moneycoach)

    Beth – I didn’t realize you had some photos from your time here – I loved them! Esp. the sushi one! And I agree, in one way it’s not as bad as you’d expect as long as every.single.inch of you is all bundled up. For me, it’s been the gap between my boots and the bottom of my (car coat length) parka that is the problem.

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    Feb 24, 2009
  3. Janice Williford

    The first thing that comes to mind is my first West Texas Winter. A “Blue Northern” or Alberta Clipper blew in and the temperature dropped from the 50’s into the 20’s. I was thinking yes, a little chilly but the cowboys all around me were going on and on and on about how cold it was! I asked them if their eyelashes had ever frozen together, or had snot actually frozen in their nose, or if they were unable to inhale completely due to the cold weather? The response I received was “Y’alls cold ain’t like our cold!” It was meant to put me in my place and to acknowledge that it really was cold. My response was, “Yeah, y’alls cold AINT Cold!”

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    Feb 24, 2009
  4. @Janice Fantastic story! And very nice comeback on your part.

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    Feb 24, 2009
  5. Wow, keep writing like that and you will be the best recruiter they’ve ever had. You make me want to move up and I vowed never to live anywhere cold again!

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    Feb 24, 2009
  6. @Paul 🙂 There really is a romantic element to the north.

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    Feb 25, 2009
  7. Joyce Thierry Llewelllyn

    Hi Nancy, ah the memories that hit me while reading your first Yellowknife post. You’ll know you’re a true Yellowknifer (which I know you already are, with years of previous experience in that northern town) when spring arrives and it’s -18 and you see people walking around in windbreakers talking about how warm it is today. Is the Wildcat Cafe still there? On my third day in Yellowknife in 1984, I went to the film society showing of something or other in the United Church (it was the resident movie society meeting place) and met the women who ended up being my best buddies for the four years I lived in Yellowknife. Love that city and remember it with great fondness.

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    Feb 25, 2009
  8. Joyce Thierry Llewelllyn

    Hi again: Wow, time flies. I just did some new time calculations and realized it was actually 1979 when I arrived in Yellowknife, left in 1984. Ok, now I’m feeling old.

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    Feb 25, 2009
  9. It was -50C for a week my last winter there, an ice fog hung over everything – it was eerie.

    And I still miss it!

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    Feb 28, 2009

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