Willow, Alaska City Profile

One of the many communities in the area, Willow got its start in the late 1800′s as a gold rush town when gold was found on Willow Creek.  Because of its low elevation and the fact that its pretty far inland, you can imagine how level the area is.  While

Chicken, Alaska – Town Profile

So here is the name of a town in Alaska that no one has heard of but everyone would talk about if they knew.  Chicken, Alaska which bears a funny name, is anything but.  Chicken was originally settled back in the late 1800′s by a bunch of gold miner’s seeking

Carcross, Yukon City Profile

Carcross was originally known as Caribou Crossing but was changed to Carcross in 1904 because of mail mix-ups with British Columbia’s Cariboo town.  I have decided to start writing about these smaller towns because I see a lot of potential in them.  Carcross for instance has increase nearly double in

Dawson Creek, British Columbia – City Profile

While a large portion of British Columbia lives on the western side of the Rocky Mountains, there are still those towns in the East. The be more exact Dawson Creek is actually east of all the mountain ranges and sits in a prairie.  Considering that most of British Columbia lives

Whitehorse, Yukon City Profile

Whitehorse, Yukon is the largest city in the Yukon.  It is also the Capital of Yukon.  The city was named after White Horse Rapids because the rapids looked similar to a white horses mane.  Winter is not as bad in this city as it is everywhere else in the Yukon

Fort St. John, British Columbia City Profile

Here we have another city which has been located in several different places. This one has moved mainly due to economic reasons rather than mother nature. The temperatures get pretty crazy here with highs in the 90’s and lows getting down below -60. That kind of weather is no joke.

Edmonton, Alberta City Profile

First thing you should know about this city is that it’s not only the second largest city in Alberta, but it’s also the Capital.  It’s only second in Alberta by less than 100,000 people though.  In fact I would say that Edmonton had more people in it up until the

Dease Lake, British Columbia Community Profile

Dease Lake is a small community in Northern British Columbia located along the Dease River and only a couple of hours from the Yukon border. Its actually located at the direct south end of Dease Lake (which is actually 2 miles across at its widest).   There has been a

Thompson, Manitoba City Profile

Thompson, Manitoba is the Northern most “city” in Manitoba.  We basically consider anything above 10,000 a city in Canada only because they are self sufficient enough to provide basic services for their citizens (sewer system, public transportation, University, etc).  It is considered the major hub for Northern Manitoba so you

Tok, Alaska City Profile

Tok, Alaska lies on a flat alluvial plain in the Tanana Valley.  Its located between the Tanana River and the Alaska Mountain Range.  Its also one of the most important junctions in Alaska being located at the junction of Glenn Highway and the Alaska Highway.  There are quite a few

Broadview, Saskatchewan City Profile

Broadview was settled in 1885 and was set up as a divisional post for the North-West Mounted Police.  When you drive through here you will notice that its not unlike most of the towns in Saskatchewan in that its located on “rolling” plains which is actually pretty flat.  Its a

Brooks, Alberta City Profile

Canadian Mortgages Inc. named Brooks the sixth worst place to live in Canada.  Their reasoning? Healthcare for the most part.  Apparently the situation was so bad as to outweigh the great economy and thriving unemployment rate.  There are plenty of things to do here if you are passing through and

Mount Lorne, Yukon City Profile

I think before I go over anything, we need to discuss exactly what a hamlet is.  Hamlet can really have all sorts of meanings depending on what country you are in.  In Canada a hamlet is a designated area where people live and in Yukon that means less than 400 people

Teslin, Yukon

If you ever wanted to drive to the middle of no where (and if you drive up to Alaska you will have plenty of that), finding yourself in Teslin is a very good start.  What I consider these days to be the middle of nowhere consists of distance from a

Pelly Crossing, Yukon Community Profile

The Klondike Highway cross the Pelly River right at Pelly Crossing. For Yukon, this might as well be a city because of the lack of population in the area. This is a pretty common stop for those traveling along the Yukon River. Many of those who do travel the river

Destruction Bay, Yukon City Profile

Destruction Bay, Yukon is a really small community that lies on the Kluane National Park and Reserve and the Tachal Region in Yukon.  Destruction Bay and Burwash Landing are both located on the Alaska Highway.  Destruction Bay is named after a severe windstorm back in the 1940′s and was founded

Indian Head, Saskatchewan City Profile

Indian Head was settled in 1882 just ahead of the Canadian Pacific Railroad.  The town became popular once the railroad was put in because of the one attraction in the area which was the Bell Farm.  Tourists who were taking the train out West would often stop and watch the

McCarthy, Alaska Town Profile

McCarthy is barely a town in my opinion but it offers some of the greatest experiences in Alaska. At the foot of the Wrangell Mountains McCarthy offers up some of the best outdoor adventures in the state. During the Summer months, McCarthy is one of the coolest places in Alaska

Fort Halkett, British Columbia City Profile

Population: Abandoned Population Place Elevation: 474m Website: News: There is not a whole lot of info on this area.  I added it because of the Fort Halkett Provincial Park.  Unfortunately at this time the park is closed because of a huge wildfire they had come through the entire area.  Its

Minnedosa, Manitoba City Profile

Minnedosa (not to be confused with Minnesota) is a town Northwest of Winnipeg. It is actually directly north of Brandon, Manitoba.  It’s also located at the intersection of the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) and Highway 10.  You are only a 30 minute drive North of Brandon, Manitoba and 30 minutes

Medicine Hat, Alberta City Profile

Located east of Lethbridge and southeast of Calgary, Medicine Hat is the sixth-largest city in Alberta.  Known for it’s massive natural gas fields and reserves the city got the nickname “The Gas City”.  Founded in 1883 it was not incorporated as a town until 1898 and a city in 1906.

Anchorage, Alaska City Profile

Anchorage may not be the capital of Alaska, but it is by far the largest city.  Not only is it the major port for Alaska (getting goods to pretty much everyone in Alaska) but its also has the most significant road system allowing cars to drive around all year round. 

Lethbridge, Alberta City Profile

Lethbridge, Alberta is the 4th largest city in the province (behind Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer).  Its located just south of Calgary, Alberta on the Oldman River. They have the only University in Alberta south of Calgary and two of the three campuses in Southern Alberta are in Lethbridge.  Lethbridge

Eagle Plains Hotel

Eagle Plains Hotel is obviously a hotel but what you might not know is that its located in the middle of nowhere (literally).  Its located halfway down the Dempster Highway in between Dawson City, Yukon and Inuvik, Northwest Territories.  You could say that its located in Eagle Plains, Yukon but

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Prince Albert is one of those cities considered an oasis in the middle of nowhere.  Those who live there might not consider that as they would say Saskatoon is just around the corner (hour in a half drive).  However if you travel directly north there really is a whole lot

Prince George, British Columbia

Prince George was originally a trading post called Fort George which was established in 1807 by Simon Fraser and was named after King George III.  It was operated by North West Company which mainly traded furs competing with the Hudson Bay Trading Company.  Prince George is also the largest city

Regina, Saskatchewan City Profile

Regina was established back in 1882.  The crazy thing about this place (other than the casinos) is really how flat everything is.  Something that is truly amazing is how far you can see if you just step right outside.  Its located in the Regina Basin which has very little elevation change.   Its

Beaver Creek, Yukon

Beaver Creek is another one of those oasis’ in the middle of no where along the Alaska Highway.  In fact, I am just going to let you know that if you are anywhere in the Yukon, you are in the middle of nowhere.  There are a ton of visitor centers

Moosomin, Saskatchewan City Profile

Moosomin was established back in 1882 and was originally known as Moosomin Station.  Business gradually came in and started establishing themselves by 1884 creating 4 Hotels, 2 Livery Stations, 2 Blacksmith’s, a Doctor, Lawyer and others.  As of 2011/2012 Moosomin was experiencing an amazing amount of growth due to a

Brandon, Manitoba City Profile

Brandon, Manitoba is the second largest city in Manitoba.  It was incorporated back in 1882 and started out as a major junction for the Canadian Pacific Railway.  The people of Brandon are probably the most friendly bunch of people that I have ever come into contact with.  This is really