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Practical information about living in the Northwest Territories.

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Jennifer M's story - Yellowknife

I didn’t plan to come to the NWT, but in 2004 I was 24 and directionless. My mother decided I needed a change and shoved a plane ticket into my hand to visit my sister who had come to Yellowknife with her husband after university, on the recommendation of friends.

When I arrived, it was the coldest April 3rd in recent memory and I asked myself a hundred times what the heck I was doing here. It didn’t take long to fall in love with Yellowknife, and when it happened I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Before the end of that first summer, I sent for my cat and belongings and began putting down roots.

My job in government is always interesting and has taken me all over the NWT. It’s an exciting time to work in the North and I feel as though I’m a part of something big.

I consider merino wool an investment. If you aren’t warm you’re not going to want to go outside and you’ll end up missing out on a lot of fun. Plus, nothing makes you feel more smug and hardcore than going for a run when it’s -35!

There’s a great culture of volunteerism here and it’s a good way to make friends. It’s easy to become immersed in what you love here because there’s such a concentration of like-minded people in a small city. I sit on the board of two different organizations. I also exercise almost every day. With seasonal activities like gardening, ice fishing, skiing, camping, paddling, hiking, etc., there’s never enough time!

If I were still in Ontario I would likely be working in ad sales in a small town newspaper, or waiting tables. Either way, life up here is better on all fronts – financially, socially and career-wise!