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Barb's Story - Yellowknife

I’ve lived in the Northwest Territories on and off for over 30 years. It’s a place that takes hold of you and is not easy to shake off.
I’m originally from Nova Scotia and heard about Hay River through my church and a relative who worked there. I was ready for adventure!  

My family didn’t think I would stay away very long, but I lived in Hay River for 6 years and I’ve somehow managed to make the NWT home for most of my life.
My husband Craig, daughter Meghan, and son Taylor returned to the North in 1996, this time settling in Fort Providence for 3 years before moving to Yellowknife. Our son is in high school and our daughter attends college in Calgary. We consider Yellowknife our home for now and have made many lasting friendships here.

I work as a secretary in a K-8 school and LOVE MY JOB!  I love seeing the growth in the students from the time they enter our doors in the fall to closing day in June. We’re involved in our son’s soccer team activities.  Between coaching and volunteering at events, we are kept busy most of the time.

We also enjoy camping – the NWT’s campgrounds are great! We love hiking the trails in the Yellowknife area with our dog, Sam. The Northern Lights in the winter and extended daylight in the summer more than make up for the cold and the mosquitoes! Our family has had travel experiences that we might not have had if we’d been in the South. We’ve made friends with people quite literally from around the world. Having good, steady jobs has also been a bonus – something that’s not always possible in other parts of Canada.

Someday we may leave the NWT again, but they must call it Magnetic North for a reason!