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Nigel's story - Yellowknife

The plan to move north for adventure after finishing school was already in place. The question was – which territory would we move to? My girlfriend, Mélanie, applied for kindergarten teaching positions in Yellowknife and Whitehorse and she got the job here first, so we packed our bags for Yellowknife. Before moving here in August 2008, I did a lot of research and looked at as many photos as I could.

We have found the community very welcoming and easy to get involved in. I’m a member at the Racquet Club and the Yellowknife Guild of Arts and Crafts. Mélanie is part of a volleyball league and the arts and crafts guild. I am passionate about outdoor activities and photography, and both have been easy to get into here.

I think the cold is different here than anywhere I’ve been, much drier. I thoroughly enjoy the winter and cope with the cold by getting outdoors as much as possible, enjoying activities like cross-country skiing, hiking, photography and snowmobiling to stay active in winter.

How is my life different now than it would be living in southern Canada? Well, I’m definitely making more money! I work at KELLETT Communications as a Designer, Account Manager and Photographer. I work with accounts of various size and scope, doing print and web advertising campaigns. I probably wouldn’t have been able to do such high-profile work in New Brunswick because there is more competition and it’s a more crowded industry.

I thought it would be good to live in the Northwest Territories, but it has definitely surpassed my expectations as a place to live and work!