Dec 182013
 
beavercreek

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 in Beaver Creek for anyone traveling through the Yukon.  It can be really helpful no matter which way you are traveling.  Beaver Creek is home to the White River First Nations (Tribal Group) who have been prominent members of the larger First Nations group that is negotiating land deals with the Canadian Government.  Beaver Creek is also considered the most westerly established community in the entire Yukon Territory.  They have a health station in Beaver Creek that provides public health, treatment and 24 hour emergency services.  It is located just off the Alaska Highway in the middle of town.  The location of Beaver Creek makes the small area almost an essential pit stop for anyone traveling the Alaska Highway.   The nearest gas stations are 30 min to the North in the United States (Alaska) or two in a half hours to the South (Burwash Landing).  If you are traveling North along the Alaska Highway and looking for a hotel, this will be your last hotel stop in the Yukon to find a hotel.  The nearest hotel heading North is the Border City Lodge.   This is located on the Alaska side of the border.  Heading South is a different story.  If you hit Beaver Creek when its about to get dark then I suggest you pull in and enjoy a decent nights rest because the nearest hotel is going to be the Burwash Landing Resort which is probably around three hours away at night.

Population: 88
Elevation: 2,172 ft (662m)
Time Zone: Pacific (UTC -8) | PDT (UTC -7)
Area Code: 867
Canadian Postal Code: Y0B 1A0
Website: N/A
News: Fairbanks News/Whitehorse News

Things to Do

  • Hotels for Resting
  • RV park for recharging
  • Buckshot Betty’s

Places to Stay

  • Westmark Inn Beaver Creek
  • 1202 Motor Inn (FasGas)
  • Ida’s Motel & Cafe 1990
  • Buckshot Betty’s Restaurant & Rooms

Food to Eat

  • Ida’s Motel & Cafe 1990
  • Buckshot Betty’s Restaurant & Rooms
Dec 182013
 
ibexvalley

Population: 315
Elevation: 1,640ft (500m)
Time Zone: Pacific (UTC -8)
Website: N/A
News: Probably Whitehorse News/The Internet

Ibex Valley is an incorporated hamlet in the Yukon.  It really should be considered apart of Whitehorse in fact I call its the Whitehorse-Ibex Valley metroplex haha! In the winter the area is really used for outdoor recreation.  Its the perfect valley for snow-snowmobiling, dog sledding, and cross country skiing.  In the summer you will see mountain bikes, hikers, and bouldering throughout most of the area.  The valley really is an outdoor fan’s paradise.  Here are some videos of the area.  These first couple of videos show you a festival that is put on every year in the area called the Ibex Valley Yukon Bouldering Festival:

 

You can see how popular this is during the summer. Since the early 1980′s there has been a pipeline that has run through the Ibex Valley bringing Natural Gas from the Alaska North Slope to the United States’ Midwest. The Valley itself is very undeveloped which to mean makes it the perfect place to build a new summer home/permanent home if you have a good energy solution. Google Maps has made embedding maps extremely difficult but if you go there and just type in “Ibex Valley” you will see the kind of terrain that’s involved. Here is a short look at the valley during the summer on an ATV:

Ibex Valley looks to be full of trees but as you can see there are a few trails running through it. These trails are maintained by the people who travel them on a yearly basis. It’s always common courtesy to clear the path even if you can make it by something thats in the middle of the trail…it does not mean the next person will be able to.

This next video shows you a little of what the Ibex Valley is like with snow on the ground. You will see a snowmobile every once in a while and you will also be able to see how fast cars are traveling on the roads. This is a favorite pass time of those who live in the area. This snow mobile is a 2013 Renegade 800:

If you are looking to stay somewhere near Ibex Valley, I would recommend Takhini Lodge which offers everything from classes on how to take pictures of the Northern Lights to dogsledding around the lodge. Breakfast is included in your room price which is always nice. Their rates are pretty reasonable at $180.00 CAD ($170 USD) per night (double occupancy). This place will take care of all your needs and be able to find anything you need should you need it.

Dec 032013
 
sitka

The City of Sitka Alaska has one of the more interesting backgrounds out of cities in the north.  Originally known as New Archangel it was originally settled by Tlingit people (indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America) over 10,000 years ago.  Russians settled Old Sitka back in 1799 and was governed by Alexandr Baranov.  He ran the Russian-American Company which was a trading company backed by the Russian Tsar Paul I.  There is so much history here that 22 buildings appear in the National Register of Historic Places.  In 1867 Russia was in the midst of some major turmoil both politically and economically after the Crimean War (Russia lost to France, Britain, Ottoman Empire, Sardinia and in some part Austria).  Instead of losing the land to their enemies, Russia decided to sell the land to someone to make money off of it.  They paid 2 cents per acre (around $7.2 million USD total) and the Alaska Purchase took place on October 18, 1867 (October 18th is now celebrated as Alaska Day).  The next year, Alaska got its first newspaper the Sitka Times (renamed the Seattle Times when they moved to Seattle in 1870).  Sitka was the capital of the Alaska Territory until 1906 when it was moved to where it is currently in Juneau, Alaska.  Gold mining and fish canning led to the towns growth and World War II brought nearly 30,000 personnel to the area along with an air base.

Population: 8,952
Elevation: 26ft (8m)
Time Zone: Alaska (-9)
Website: www.cityofsitka.com
News: Daily Sitka Sentinel | Capital City Weekly
Zip Code: 99835

Things to Do

  • Alaska Day
  • Alaska Raptor Center
  • Baranof Castle Hill
  • St. Michael’s Cathedral
  • Sitka Fine Arts Camp
  • Sitka Jazz Festival
  • Sitka National Historical Park
  • Sitka Pioneer Home
  • Swan Lake
  • Tongass National Forest
  • Whale Fest
  • Sheldon Jackson Museum
  • Fortress of the Bear
  • Russian Bishop’s House
  • Herring Cove Trail
  • Sitka Sound Science Center

Sitka Accommodations

  • Wild Strawberry Lodge
  • Super 8
  • Frank and Gloria’s Place
  • Totem Square Hotel and Marina
  • Westmark Sitka Hotel
  • Rockwell Lighthouse
  • Sitka Hotel
  • Moutain View Bed and Breakfast

Food to Eat

  • Ludvig’s Bistro
  • Highliner Coffee
  • Baranof Island Brewing Company
  • Channel Club
  • The Larkspur Cafe
  • Fly-In Fish In
  • The Pioneer Bar
  • The Pub
  • Dock Shack
  • Homeport Eatery
  • Nugget Restaurant and Bakery
  • Pizza Express
  • The Back Door Cafe
  • Van Winkle and Sons
  • Roma’s Italian Restaurant
  • Kenny’s Wok and Teriyaki
  • North Sister Crepes and Juice Company
  • Reindeer Redhots
  • Bayview Restaurant
  • Victoria’s
  • Agave
  • Little Tokyo
  • Sea Mountain Restaurant
  • Westmark Sitka
  • Mojo Cafe
  • El Burrito Loco
  • Asian Palace


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Nov 252013
 
princealbert

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 of nothing for a long time (all the way to the North Pole).  Henry Kelsey was the first White Man to travel through the area and that was before the 18th century started in 1692.  Now, that does not mean there were settlements other than the Native Americans who settled there originally.  By 1776 a trading post was set up where the current town is and in 1862 the Hudson Bay Trading Company had set up shop in the area.  This caused a surge in population and by then Prince Albert was actually called Isbister’s Settlement.

Population: City – 35,129 | Metro – 42,673
Elevation: 1,440ft (440m)
Time Zone: Central Standard (CST)
Website: www.citypa.ca
News: Prince Albert Daily Herald | Prince Albert Shopper | Rural Roots
Radio:

  • 540AM – Public News/Talk
  • 570AM – Country
  • 600AM – Country
  • 620AM – Country
  • 650AM – News/Talk
  • 750AM – Oldies
  • 860AM – Public News/Talk
  • 900AM – Country
  • 88.1FM – First Nations Community Radio
  • 89.1FM – Public Music
  • 90.1FM – Public News/Talk
  • 99.1FM – Hot Adult Contemporary
  • 100.1FM – Community Christian Radio
  • 101.5FM – Active Rock

Things to Do:

  • Grey Owl Cabin
  • Cooke Municipal Golf Cource
  • Evolution of Education Museum
  • The Mann Art Gallery
  • Northern Lights Casino
  • Prince Albert Historical Museum
  • Rotary Museum of Police & Corrections
  • Diefenbaker House Museum
  • Buckboard Ranch

Food to Eat:

  1. Amy’s on Second Restaurant
  2. The Bison Cafe
  3. Dr Java’s Coffee House
  4. Shananigan’s Coffee & Dessert Bar
  5. Carlton’s Bakery & Coffee Shop
  6. Fat Burger
  7. Boston Pizza
  8. Tim Horton’s Prince Albert
  9. Princess Cafe
  10. Spicy Peppercorn
  11. New Mill at The Quality Hotel
  12. Humpty’s Family Restaurant
  13. Mr Submarine
  14. Original Joe’s: Prince Albert
  15. Science Fiction Pizza
  16. Vu’s Garden
  17. Saigon River Restaurant
  18. Sopranos Restaurant and Eatery

Places to Stay:

  1. Super 8 Motel – Prince Albert
  2. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Prince Albert
  3. Days Inn Prince Albert
  4. Best Western Marquis Inn & Suites
  5. Comfort Inn
  6. Prince Albert Travelodge
  7. Ramada Prince Albert
  8. Prince Albert Inn
  9. Quality Hotel and Suites
  10. Red Pine Bed & Breakfast
  11. Nestle Inn on 3rd
  12. Serenity Spa Bed & Breakfast


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Nov 172013
 
mount_lorne

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 (as of the 2006 census).  When you think of a town that has less than 400 and on top of that in the Yukon you probably think that its a nothing middle of nowhere kind of place.  On the contrary, Mount Lorne is located just south of Whitehorse which has over 15,000 people.  Mount Lorne is really just made up of a couple of neighborhoods south of Whitehorse.  If you have ever wanted to see mushers who are practicing for the Iditarod, then this might be a great area for you to do so.  There is a ton of snow that falls in this area which makes it an ideal spot for mushers to practice for various dog sledding races.  If you are headed to Whitehorse than making a trip down to Mount Lorne is going to have to an essential part of your trip.  If you have time (more than a couple of days) this destination should be on your list of things to do for sure! Mount Lorne is a little slice of snow paradise in the Yukon.  The area is host to some of the oldest remains ever found in the area dating over 8,000 years ago which is quite amazing.

Population: 379
Elevation:
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/1Y0Pl

Things to Do

  • Outdoor Ice Rink
  • Youth Hockey
  • Annie Lake Golf Course
  • Disc Golf
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Soapstone Carving
  • Thai Food
  • Wildwood Music and Arts Festival

Places to Stay

  • Mt. Lorne Bed and Breakfast


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Nov 132013
 
teslin

Population: 144
Elevation: 2297ft (700m)
Website: www.teslin.ca

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 town of 30,000 or more.  A town of 30,000 people or more tends to have much better medical facilities in the Americas than that of towns smaller than that.  The nearest city to Teslin is over 14 hours away (Fairbanks, Alaska).  Teslin is located in the middle of some of the most rugged terrain the Yukon bears to the public which means that while this area is a ton of fun, it’s also very dangerous.  My favorite thing to do in Teslin is fishing honestly.

Things to Do

  • Northern Wildlife Museum
  • George Johnston Museum
  • Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre
  • Timberpoint Campground Services
  • Tim’s Saddle Sack
  • 44830 Yukon Inc. – Diesel Station
  • Frank’s Repair & Mechanics

Places to Stay

  • Yukon Motel
  • Nisutlin Trading Post & Motel
  • Dawson Peaks Resort & RV Park

Food to Eat

  • Mukluk Annies


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Nov 132013
 
winkler

Population: City – 10,670 | Urban – 12,005
Elevation: 850ft (259m)
Website: City of Winkler
News: The Winkler Times
Map: Link

Welcome to the economic hub of Southern Manitoba.  You may be wondering why this town of only 10,000 is the economic hub, but really what it means is that it’s the largest town for over 80 miles.  Their shopping centers serve nearly 20,000 people and employs over 4,200 people in Winkler alone.  The Bentley of Canadian RV manufacturer is headquartered here and employs more people than any other company in the area.   The area was originally settled by Russian Mennonites (a deeply religious community) with the first church being founded shortly after in 1888.  Valentine Winkler was the owner of a lumber business in the nearby town of Morden.  The town was ultimately named after him because he was able to bring a spur route off the Canadian Pacific Railway.  It has enjoyed a steady growth in population ever since (minus one decade during the World Wars.  It really reminds me of a large Sedona, Arizona or Fredericksburg, Texas with its shopping and small town feel.  If you have ever wanted to learn about Mennonite’s or Mennonite cooking this will be your place to go!  As you will see with some of the entertainment, restaurants, and hotels listed, they have quite a few options for you to choose from:

Things to Do and Places to See

  • Meadows Mini-Golf and Amusements
  • Valley Bowling
  • Geocaching
  • Winkler Aquatic Centre
  • Lake Minnewasta
  • Flatlands Theatre Company
  • PW Enns Centennial Concert Hall
  • Southland Empire Cinema
  • Winkler Flyers Hockey
  • Bethel Heritage Park
  • Pembina Thresherman’s Museum
  • Winkler Golf Club

Places to Stay

  • Days Inn – Highway 14
  • Quality Inn – Main Street
  • Triangle Oasis Motel
  • Winkler Campground

Food to Eat

  • Ralph’s German Restaurant & Cafe
  • Iceburg Drive-In
  • Twister’s Burgers Fries & Malts
  • J&H Toppers
  • Mulligans Restaurant and Lounge
  • Del Rios
  • Warky’s
  • Triangle Oasis Restaurants
  • Szutu’s Restaurant
  • Coffee Culture
  • Heartland Inn
  • Jonny’s Java
  • New World Chinese Restaurants


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Oct 312013
 
southernmanitoba

Population: 1,208,268
Area: 250,950 square miles
Elevation Range: Lowest – (450ft/150m) | Highest – (2727ft/831m)
Website: Link

Here we have our interactive map of Manitoba. If you hover over certain cities, towns, and villages, it will link to information about that place. You will also find various activities, restaurants, and hotels to go to in that town.  As we add more cities, they will be linked on this map.  That way you are not having to go back and forth via google maps.

Portage la Prairie, Manitoba Brandon, Manitoba Virden, Manitoba Steinbach, Manitoba Minnedosa, Manitoba
Sep 132013
 
Juneau, Alaska port of call.
Juneau, Alaska port of call.

Juneau, Alaska port of call. (Click to Enlarge)

Name: Juneau, Alaska
Population: Borough – 32,154 | City – 17,311
Elevation: 56ft (17m)
Website: www.juneau.org

Juneau, Alaska is a rare breed when it comes to being a city inside the United States.  This is not only because its the Capital of the largest state in the United States but it also covers the largest area over land by more than four times the next largest Capital City.  On top of all of that, it has the fifth lowest population of any Capital City.  When you think of Capitals you tend to think of larger cities when in actuality (this is one of the largest cities in the state).  People who live here are called Juneauites which is weird when you look at it but flows quite nicely when saying.  Auke and Taku tribe’s settled here and in the surrounding areas for thousands of years before people first discovered the area.  This enabled this area to become a center for social events for several tribes.  1790′s is when the first Europeans came and explored the area but actually ended up designating the area unreachable via boat and therefore pointless to explore further.  Unlike other parts of Alaska, Juneau has more of a temperate climate (relative to other temps across Alaska).  Record highs in July have seen 90 degrees.  If you are just looking for some hiking and camping to do, Juneau is a great place to do that too.  Just be sure you bring the right kind of gear because it tends to rain all year round (except when its snowing).  If you want to learn more about Alaska’s Capital City then I suggest you check their city website out because it will not only have the most up to date news, but is also a great resource for any specific information you might need for your trip.  They also have a whole host of webcams that you can view from their site which will give you an idea of what life is like live in Juneau.

Things to do:

  • Alaska State Museum – museums.alaska.gov
  • House of Wickersham
  • Juneau-Douglas City Museum
  • Patsy Ann Statue
  • Mount Roberts Tram
  • Trails

Places to stay:

  • Best Western – Grandma’s Feather Bed
  • Best Western – Country Lane Inn
  • Juneau Aspen Suites Hotel
  • Travelodge Juneau Airport
  • Juneau Hotel
  • Westmark Baranof Hotel
  • Frontier Suites Airport Hotel
  • Driftwood Lodge
  • Super 8 Motel – Juneau
  • Extended Stay America – Shell Simmons Drive
  • Goldbelt Hotel Juneau
  • Sally’s Bed and Breakfast
  • The Alaskan Hotel & Bar
  • Prospector Hotel
  • Breakwater Inn
  • Blueberry Lodge

Food to eat - There are quite a few restaurants in Juneau so we decided to do some extra research and figure out where the best ones are.  If you would like to learn more about how we figured all of this out you can start by going to one of several websites such as:  TripAdvisor, UrbanSpoon, and Google Places

  • Tracy’s King Crab Shack
  • Jerry’s Meats & Seafood
  • The Rookery Cafe
  • Sandpiper Cafe
  • Paradise Cafe
  • The Sandbar
  • Red Dog Saloon
  • Pie in the Sky
  • Alaskan Crepe Escape
  • Southeast Waffle Company
  • Chan’s Thai Kitchen
  • Seong’s Sushi Bar & Chinese
  • Island Pub
  • Suwanna Cafe
  • El Zarape
  • Pel’ Meni
  • Pizzeria Roma

Parks:

  • Douglas Parks
  • Downtown Parks
  • Valley Parks
  • Lemon Creek Parks
  • Treadwell Historic Trail – Map

 


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Sep 112013
 
carmacks

carmacks

Name: Carmacks, Yukon
Population: 503
Elevation: 1,768ft (539m)
Website: www.carmacks.ca

Carmacks is a very interesting city in that it houses one of only four bridges that crosses the nearly 2,000 mile (3,190 kilometer) long Yukon River.  The Yukon River is home to one of the longest salmon runs in the entire world.  Villages like Carmacks rely on the return of the salmon every year for their cultural, subsistence, and commercial needs.  Only recently has there been problems in numbers for all of these villages.  Some people blame global climate change which has been said to have affected all wildlife including freshwater salmon while others say its because of the number of people fishing and the methods being used.  The village Carmacks was named after George Washington Carmack who discovered coal nearby in 1891.  It started out as just a trading post and eventually a coal mining operation was installed.  Western Silver currently operates a zinc-copper mine near Carmacks.  There are several ways to get to Carmacks, Yukon.  You can take the Klondike Highway South from Dawson, Yukon through Pelly Crossing or North from Whitehorse, Yukon.  The other way by driving is the Robert Campbell Highway which can be reached from Watson Lake, Yukon and dead ends in Carmacks.  This “highway” is mainly gravel though so your best bet is to stick to the Klondike Highway.

Things to do:

  • Frenchman Lake
  • Tage Cho Hudan Interpretive Centre
  • Carmacks Recreation Centre
  • Snowmobiling
  • ATV Adventures
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Terry Fox Run
  • Ridge Walk Trail

Places to stay:

Food to eat:

Parks:

Map of town/City:


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Oct 262012
 
steinbach

Population: 13,524
Elevation: 850ft (259m)
Website: Link
News: Carillon News
Radio: AM 1250 (Easy Listening) | Mix 96.7 FM (Classic Hits)

Steinbach, Manitoba is just down the road from Winnipeg (Manitoba’s largest city).  Steinbach is located on the Eastern edge of the Canadian Prairies.  Even though its a small city, Steinbach has a heavy German population many of which are Mennonite.  Probably the coolest thing about this city is that its considered the immigration hotbed of Canada.  This little town (in United States terms) has surged to the third largest city in Manitoba because of immigration.  If you can imagine a beautiful and eclectic place to shop (probably one of the most eclectic places in Canada), Steinbach offers some of the best shopping in the region.  It offers beautiful parks  and first rate recreational centers which include museums, an aquatic center, two arenas and more. 

Things to Do:

  • Mennonite Heritage Village – Tourist attraction most famous for its huge windmill.
  • Steinbach Aquatic Centre – Images | Video

 

Food to Eat:

  •  Main Bread & Butter
  • MJ’s Cafe
  • The Village Green Restaurant
  • Doener Grill Express
  • Niakwa Pizza
  • Sushi Garden
  • All D’s Restaurant & Lounge
  • Rocco’s Pizzeria
  • Lecoka Specialty Coffee
  • Sawney Bean’s

Places to Stay:

  • Sleep Suite Motel
  • Days Inn Steinbach
  • Frantz Motor Inn
  • Calder House B&B
  • Casa Makwa Bed and Breakfast

 



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Jun 212012
 
Thompson Manitoba

Thompson Manitoba

Population: 12,829
Elevation: 656ft (200m)
Time Zone: Central Time Zone
Website: Link
News: Thompson Citizen | Nickel Belt News

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 can be sure to find all of the amenities of a larger city here.  They even have a Taxi service that is quite decent if you ask me.  Unlike other areas of Canada, Thompson had settlers as early as 6000 BC.   The modern story for Thompson really does not begin until the mid-1950′s.  In 1967 it was finally incorporated as an actual town.  Even though it is considered the “Hub to the North” the population has been in a slight decline since the 1970′s.   In fact it was the 3rd largest city in Manitoba until 2011 when it slipped down to 5th settling in just under 13,000 people.  There are four radio stations and three television stations in Thompson.  Shaw Communication provides most if not all the local channels to its customers.  If you are looking for some good old Canadian past time you should go over to the Burntwood Curling Club where they have a 6-sheet curling rink.

Things To Do

  • Thompson Zoo
  • Millennium Trail
  • Pisew Falls
  • Spirit Way
  • Mystery Mountain Winter Park
  • Thompson Golf Club
  • Paint Lake
  • Heritage North Museum

Places To Stay

  • Days Inn Thompson
  • Burntwood Hotel
  • Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
  • Mystery Lake Motor Hotel
  • Homestyle Suites
  • Waywatay Inn
  • Lakeview Inn & Suites
  • Best WEstern Thompson Hotel & Suites
  • Thompson Inn
  • Interior Inn
  • Northern Lights Bed and Breakfast
  • Meridian Hotel
  • Northern Inn & Steakhouse

Food To Eat

  • Tom’s Pizza & Restaurant
  • River View Restaurant & Lounge
  • Northern Lights Catering
  • Northern Lights Bed & Breakfast
  • Boston Pizza
  • Northern Inn & Steak House
  • Grapes Grill & Bar
  • Santa Maria Pizza & Spaghetti
  • Chicken Village Ltd
  • Pat’s Paint Lake Resort
  • Baaco Pizza
  • Chicken Chef
  • Nany’s Diner
  • Garden Cafe
  • Roadside Restaurant
  • Adventurers North Dining Room

 


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Jun 182012
 
yorkton

Population: 15,038
Elevation: 1,634ft (498m)
Website: Link
News: The Yorkton News Review | Yorkton This Week

Radio: AM 940 – Harvard Broadcasting, FM 91.7 – CBC Radio 2, FM 94.1 – Harvard Broadcasting, FM 100.5 – Dennis Dyck
TV: CBC TV, CTV

Back in the late 1880′s (around 1882 to be exact) a group of York County, Ontario settlers came to the edge of a massive glacial lake.  The town was originally located  where the Yorkton Airport is currently at.  There is really no forest here as it is almost 100% agriculture in this area.  One of the coolest events held by this town has got to be the Yorkton Film Festival which has been going on since the late 1940′s.  The geography of the area is pretty flat compared to most of the other cities we profile. There are at least four campgrounds to choose from if you are looking to do some camping: Cherrydale Golf & Campground, City of Yorkton Campground, Good Spirit Provincial Park, and York Lake Regional Park.  If you are looking for a church or specific religious area to pray, have no fear because there are over 25 churches in this small city.  Everyone always forgets that gambling is legal in most of Canada so there are Casinos in most major cities.  There also happens to be some in Yorkton!

As far as Summer weather is concerned you really cannot do much better than Yorkton.  The average temperatures in the Summer rarely reach much higher than the 70′s.  However, Winter is a different story with an average temperature of 0 degrees which I know is not a fun beat to mess with.  One of the best parts about Yorkton is the fact that its built as basically a hub for most of Canada.  With the three major highways that go through Yorkton, you can pretty much get anywhere in Canada pretty easily and faster than other places in Saskatchewan.

Things to Do

  • Yorkton Film Festival – Every year in May
  • Godfrey Dean Art Gallery
  • Sunflower Arts and Crafts Show and Sale
  • Yorkton Arts Council
  • Cherrydale Golf and Campground
  • Deer Park Golf Course
  • Painted Hand Casino
  • York Lake Golf & Country Club
  • Yorkton Bowl Arena
  • Yorkton Summer Fair

Places to Stay

  • Best Western Yorkton Inn
  • Comfort Inn & Suites
  • The Ramada Yorkton
  • Redwood Motel
  • Yorke Inn
  • A Second Home B&B
  • Lazy Maples Bed and Breakfast
  • Lorraine’s Bed and Breakfast
  • Patrick Place

Food to Eat

  • Wanders Sweet Discoveries
  • Manos Family Restaurant
  • Wing’s Restaurant
  • Family Pizza
  • Tim Horton Donuts
  • Legends Restaurant
  • Melrose Place
  • Mr. Sub
  • The York House Dining and Lounge
  • Tapps Brewing Company
  • Chalet Restaurant & Lounge
  • Boston Pizza


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Jun 082012
 
willow

Population: 1,658
Elevation: 213ft (65m)
Website: Link

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 there is a slight northward slope, the area is surrounded by mountains on three sides which makes taking pictures a must. If you look to the East its pretty much all mountains.  An interesting tidbit that a lot of people might not know about is that in 1976 the people of the State of Alaska voted to move the capital from Juneau to Willow (purportedly because they did not want the capital to be Anchorage.  Willow is also currently the host of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race restart point.

Things to Do

  • WildRide Sled Dog Race
  • Spruce Lane Farms Museum
  • Milo Lakes
  • Buckley Lake Number One
  • Chicken Lake
  • Tanaina Lake
  • Big Noluck Lake
  • North Rolly Lake
  • Buckley Lake Number Two
  • Dream a Dream Dog Farm
  • Deshka River
  • Big Lake Lions Club
  • Trapper Lake
  • AK Village
  • Set The Hook Charters

Places to Stay

  • Alaskan Host Bed & Breakfast
  • Big Susitna Bed & Breakfast
  • Schwager Haus
  • Dream Inn Bed & Breakfast
  • Deshka Landing Charters and Lodge
  • Gigglewood Lakeside Inn

Food to Eat

  • Willow Trading Post Lodge
  • H & H Lakeview Restaurant
  • Roni’s Chinook Deli & Pizza
  • Pioneer Lodge
  • Sheep Creek Lodge
  • Speedway Inn Restaurant – Liquor


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May 162012
 
minnedosa

Population: 2,474
Elevation: 1,840ft (561m)
Website: Link
News: Minnedosa Tribune
TV: 4 Channels (Channel 2 – Global, Channel 4 – CTV, Channel 12 – Local, Channel 21 – Radio Canada)

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 South of Riding Mountain National Park.  If you are into sports this town has about everything one could need in this part of the world.  They have an 18 hole golf course, curling and skating rinks, baseball and soccer fields, bowling lanes, walking trails, ski trails, tennis courts, fitness centers and more.  Their golf course is actually located in one of the most beautiful valleys in Canada.  The greens are nice a soft which makes for great play.  As far as the outdoors go, there are plenty of rivers and lakes around to do some fishing, canoeing, boating, etc.  Ducks Unlimited has a huge presence in the town with their waterfowl management programs in the region.  One of my favorite things to do in the town is the Flag Walk which is the short trail between the Heritage Village and the spillway.  There are a ton of flags all in a row and makes for a great photo opportunity. 

One of the cool events that you should check out if you get a chance is the “Rockin The Fields of Minnedosa” festival which is pretty awesome.  This year they are having Finger Eleven as the main attraction.  They are a really good and popular Canadian rock band.  If you want to see pictures from their 2011 Festival just check them out here I would call it a small ACL Fest.  The people are really nice and you really don’t see many problems with the crowds.  There is plenty of parking all over so you really don’t have to worry about that either.  The festival itself was apparently created from the ashes of two previous rock festivals by a small group of very dedicated fans.  It is now non-profit which I am all for supporting and it continues to grow every year.

Things to Do

  • Ishii Japanese Garden
  • Minnedosa District Museum and Heritage Village Corp.
  • Minnedosa Golf & Country Club
  • Minnedosa Civic Center
  • Buffalo Park
  • Train Park
  • Nature Trails
  • Heritage Park
  • Lookout Tower
  • Trout Pond
  • Rockin’ the Fields of Minnedosa
  • Antons Lake
  • Minnedosa Paddling Club

Places to Stay

  • Gateway Motel and Restaurant
  • Tilson Place Bed & Breakfast
  • Laws Way Bed & Breakfast
  • Minnedosa Campground
  • Beach Road Bed & Breakfast
  • Valley Motor Lodge

Food to Eat

  • Cornerstone Grill
  • The Garden Thyme Restaurant
  • Dari Isle Drive In
  • Maushies Ltd
  • Sun Sun Chinese Restaurant
  • Minnedosa Main Street Cafe
  • Mangin Bros Diary
  • Ka Ming Restaurant
  • Terry’s Place
  • Uncle Tom’s Drive Inn Restaurant
  • Chicken Delight
  • Prairie Pantry Family Restaurant

 


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May 062012
 
wasilla

Population: 7,831
Elevation: 341ft (104m)

Wasilla, Alaska is the sixth largest city in the State of Alaska. This town is now probably most popular because its where the Palin family is from.  Sarah Palin was a 2008 Presidential Nominee who eventually pulled herself from the race not having enough votes to continue.  She remains a frontrunner for the Republican Party and probably would have been the most reasonable candidate during the 2012 Presidential Election.  We will never know though because she never wanted to run in the first place.  They have a professional hockey team in the North American Hockey League (the oldest and largest Junior Hockey League in the United States) called the Alaska Avalanche.  The NAHL encompasses as north as Fairbanks, Alaska and as far south as Corpus Christi, Texas.  The Avalanche play their home games at the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center. 

Wasilla is a pretty religious place with over 10 churches in the town.  The Mormons even have a presence there holding meetings in a chapel on East Dellwood Street.  Their largest church however, is a non-denominational church (The Wasilla Bible Church).  Wasilla was originally established at the intersection of the Alaska Railroad and a Wagon Road.  The economy was based off of a nearby mining town but was dramatically changed when the George Parks Highway was finished.  The importance of this Highway was that it linked the two largest cities in Alaska (Anchorage and Fairbanks). I would have to say one of the largest economical gains of recent is the small-scale agricultural activity. 

Things to Do

  • Heiny’s ATV Adventures
  • Independence Mine State Historical Park
  • Alaska Tour Guides Day Tours
  • Alaska Adventure Unlimited Day Tours
  • Iditarod Headquarters
  • Alaska Denali Day Tours
  • Dorothy G Page Museum
  • Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Visitors Center
  • Sixtyone North – Alaska Photo Day Tours
  • Nancy Lakes Recreation Area
  • Knik Museum and Musher’s Hall of Fame

Places to Stay

  • Best Western Lake Lucille Inn
  • Alaska’s Select Inn Motel
  • Alaskan View Motel
  • Grand View Inn and Suites
  • Pioneer Ridge Bed and Breakfast
  • Agate Inn, Inc.
  • A Wayside B&B
  • Alaska’s Lake Lucille Bed & Breakfast
  • Gatehouse Bed & Breakfast
  • Hillside Cabins

Food to Eat

  • The Grape Tap
  • Evangelo’s Trattoria
  • Alaska Cheesecake Co.
  • Mekong Thai Cuisine
  • Kaladi Brothers Coffee
  • Krazy Moose Subs
  • Chepo’s Fiesta Restaurant
  • Taco Cancun Mexican Grill
  • Tailgaters Bar & Grill
  • Little Miller’s Ice Cream
  • Verdas Cakes & Things
  • The Daily Rush
  • Mat-Su Family Restaurant LLC
  • Tokyo Restaurant & Sushi Bar
  • Settlers Bay Lodge
  • Last Frontier Brewing Company

 

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Apr 292012
 
mccarthy

Population: 28
Elevation: 1,401ft (427m)

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 to visit. It almost became a ghost town in the 70′s but then a lot of young people started moving in once the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline project was going on. Since then, the population has grown a bit and there are a lot of adventure services out in McCarthy.  There was also a serial killer who lived there, Louis D. Hastings who killed half of the town in 1983 trying to disrupt the pipeline’s development.  He is currently serving over 600 years in prison so he will not be getting out any time soon.  If you are looking for a place to stay, the McCarthy Bed & Breakfast is a great place to start.  They have clean cabins, continental style breakfast. 

Things to Do

  • Alaskan Alpine Treks
  • Trek Alaska
  • Mountain Arts

Places to Stay

  • Kennicott Glacier Lodge
  • Kennicott River Lodge
  • Lancaster’s Hostel
  • Ma Johnson’s Hotel
  • McCarthy Lodge
  • Wrangell St. Elias News B&B
  • Swift Creek Cabins

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Apr 282012
 

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.  It also makes up over 40% of the entire state of Alaska’s population.  It is centrally located along the southern coast and is nestled in front of several mountain ranges which makes for more mild winters but heavier snow fall.  It is also considered the largest Northernmost major city in the United States.   Anchorage, Alaska is a 4-time (one of seven) All-America City Award winner.

Population: City – 291,826 | Metro – 380,821
Elevation: 102ft (31m)
City Website: Link
News: Anchorage Daily News | Alaska Star | Anchorage Press | The Northern Light
FM Frequencies: 88.7 | 88.1 | 88.5 | 86.7 | 88.9 | 89.3 | 90.1 | 90.3 | 90.5 | 91.1 | 92.1 |92.9 | 93.7 | 94.7 | 95.5 | 96.3 | 96.7 | 97.3 | 98.1 | 98.9 | 99.7 | 100.5 | 100.9 | 101.3 | 102.1 | 103.1 | 103.7 | 104.1 | 104.9 | 105.7 | 106.5 | 107.5
AM Frequencies: 550 | 590 | 650 | 700 | 750 | 1020 | 1080 | 1110 | 1430 

TV: KTUU 2 (NBC) | KTBY 4 (FOX) | KYES 5 (MyNetworkTV) | KAKM 7 (PBS) | KTVA 11 (CBS) | KYUR 13 (ABC/CW) | KDMD 33 (Ion/Telemundo)

Due to the shear number of attractions in Anchorage we are just going to put the best of the best down here and let you decide what you want to do.  They have activities for literally everyone in the world. 

Things to Do

Places to Stay

Hotels/Motels/Inns

Bed and Breakfast

Hostels

Cabins

Food to Eat

  • ORSO
  • Qd0ba Mexican Grill
  • Peppercinis Deli & Catering
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • Terra Bella, Inc
  • La Mex Restaurants
  • Village Inn
  • Muse
  • Sourdough Mining Company
  • Gwennie’s Old Alaska Restaurant
  • Lucky Wishbone
  • Dianne’s Restaurant (Robert Atwood Building)


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Apr 272012
 

Population: 7
Elevation: 1700ft (518m)
Village Website: www.chickenalaska.com

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 the American Dream. In 1902 it got it’s first Post Office but through today I do not believe there is a telephone exchange service available in the area.   It is really one of the few surviving gold rush towns still out there in Alaska.  In the area there 40 miles of mining country in which Chicken ended up being the outpost for it.  Everyone who worked in the area gold mining was based out of this town which ended up attracting all kinds of people.  It even ended up attracting a teacher named Anne Hobbs Purdy who ended up writing a book about her adventures in the wild.  The story is a compelling one involving hate, love, and adventure.  There are phone (via satellite or computer) and wifi services located within the town of Chicken so you are not totally out in the boonies.

The population may only be in the single digits but the town will literally stop at nothing to show you a good time and make sure you are having fun.  They will take you to their historic sites, goldpanning and if you are lucky enough you’ll get a heap of stories to go along with it.  Like I said before, if you head over to the GoldPanner Gift Shop you can get free coffee and free wifi to check emails, read news, etc.  They also have some great homemade fudge for sale if you end up wanting dessert.  This is also a great place to get gas if you are heading back to Fairbanks or off to somewhere else.

Chicken, Alaska Things to Do

  • Downtown Chicken
    • Bar
    • Goldpanner Gift Shop
    • Cafe
    • Salmon Bake
    • Sue’s Famous Cinammon Rolls
  • Chicken Gold Camp and Outpost
  • Pedro Dredge
  • BLM Mosquito Fork Wayside
  • Tisha’s School House

Places to Stay

  • Chicken Creek RV Park
  • Chicken Creek Hotel and Cabins

 


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Apr 192012
 

Population: 303
Elevation: 2624ft (800m)

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 gold rush in the area in the past.  This was apart of the Cassair Gold Rush.  Numerous Ghost Towns and former sites are scattered around its shores, including Laketon and Centre City.  The town is named after Peter Dease who worked for the Hudson Bay Trading Company.  The town itself has a school, several stores, fuel and service stations, hotels, a restaurant and a pub, and a college campus.  Grayling, Char, Burbot, and Whitefish are the most popular fishing in the area.  You will find plenty to go around for sure.  This is one of the coolest small towns in Canada.  Its virtually unknown to those other than Americans/Canadians.

Things to Do

  • Guided Fishing & Hunting
  • Wilderness Adventure Travel

Places to Stay

  • Red Goat Lodge
  • Northway Motor Inn
  • Dease River Crossing Campground

Food to Eat

  • Mama Z’s – Jade Boulder Cafe


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Apr 122012
 

Population: 296
Elevation: 1,870ft (570m)

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 often stop in at Fort Selkirk which was originally used for stern-wheeler traffic on the Yukon River.  Pelly Crossing is also a major checkpoint in the Yukon Quest sled dog race.  If you are looking for one of those places that barely anyone is going to but its starting to get more popular, this is the perfect place for you.  Tourism is starting to become its #1 economic development tool which will hopefully help it thrive in the future.

Things to Do

  • Wild Things Harvest
  • McArthur Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Selkirk First Nation’s Heritage and Interpretive Centre
  • Fort Selkirk

 

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Apr 092012
 

Population: 248
Elevation: 1,653ft (504m)

Mayo was originally settled by those who were seeking gold.  It turned out however, that silver was what was going to make this village thrive.  This village has all the services someone who travels here will need.

Things to Do:

  • Alpine Interpretive Centre
  • Keno Mining Museum
  • Binet House Interpretive Centre
  • Mount Joy Wilderness Adventures
  • Wind River Adventures
  • Winterchild Jewellery

Places to Stay:

  • Bedrock Motel
  • Keno Cabins Bed & Breakfast
  • Golden Heart Acres Bed & Breakfast
  • North Star Motel
  • Silver Trail Inn/Halfway Lakes
  • Whispering Willows RV Park & Restaurant

Food to Eat:

  • Whispering Willows RV Park  & Restaurant
  • Mayo Chinese Restaurant
  • Snack Bar @ Corp & Ryan Cabins
  • Keno City Snack Bar
  • Mayo Bigway Foods

 


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Apr 062012
 

Population: 400
Elevation: 2,329ft (710m)

Faro, Yukon is probably not even on your radar. That’s because its in the center of the Yukon and it really hasn’t had much since the 80′s as it was home to the largest open pit lead-zinc mine in the entire world. They were also producing large amounts of silver and other natural resources.  Its tucked away in the Tintina Valley set into quite a few mountains.  It’s a place where you can find the kind of warm hospitality reserved for Kings.  If you are into outdoor sports, wildlife, or anything beautiful, this is definitely the place to visit on your trip to Alaska.  It’s located in one of the most dense animal population areas in North America.

Things to Do

  • If you are interested in visiting Faro, there are plenty of things to do there.  One of the most popular attractions lately (at least the one the townspeople are trying to push) is the Dall Sheep.  This species of sheep is really native to this area (although they are found in a couple of other places). 
  • 9-Hole Golf Course
  • Northern Lights
  • Interpretive Centre

Places to Stay

  • Faro Studio Hotel
  • The Valley Bed & Breakfast
  • Lynx Track Farm and B&B
  • Faro Vacation Rentals
  • Far-O-Way Guest House
  • The Bear’s Den B&B

Food to Eat

  • Hoang’s Restaurant
  • Sally’s Roadhouse
  • Faro Studio Hotel


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Apr 042012
 


Population: City – 87,882 | Metro – 100,000+
Elevation: 2,990ft (910m)
News: Lethbridge Herald | Lethbridge Sun Times | Lethbridge Journal
Radio: 88.3 FM (Campus Radio), 91.7 FM (Public Radio), 93.3 FM (Hit Radio), 94.1 FM (Classic Hits), 95.5 FM (Country), 98.1 FM (Christian), 99.3 FM (Public Radio), 100.1 FM (News/Talk), 104.3 FM (News/Talk), 106.7 FM (Active Rock), 107.7 FM (Adult Contemporary)
TV: 6 Channels – 2 (Citytv), 7 (Global), 10 (CBC), 13 (CTV), 17 (The Miracle Channel), 23 (SRC)

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 was originally developed from coal drift mines by the North Western Coal and Navigation Company and was named after their president William Lethbridge.  Before this time, this area was a complete mess with Americans fighting Natives and the area was a hot Whiskey trade.  Eventually the RCMP (then known as the North-West Mounted Police) came in, restored order and eventually the large coal mining company came in.   The first railway came into town by 1885 which helped the city thrive, grow, and dream because of the railroad industry’s dependence on coal. 

Things to Do

  • Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Centre
  • Galt Museum
  • Scenic Drive Dog Run
  • Henderson Lake Park
  • Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden
  • The Helen Schuler Nature Centre
  • Southern Alberta Art Gallery
  • New West Theatre
  • Alberta Birds of Prey Centre
  • Remington Carriage Museum
  • High Level Bridge
  • Evergreen Golf Centre

Places to Stay

  • Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Lethbridge
  • Quality Inn & Suites
  • Coast Lethbridge Hotel & Conference Centre
  • Sandman Hotel Lethbridge
  • Canada’s Best Value Inn
  • Ramada Lethbridge
  • Holiday Inn Express Lethbridge
  • Comfort Inn
  • Lethbridge Lodge Hotel and Conference Centre
  • Holiday Inn Lethbridge
  • Paradise Canyon By Evrentals
  • Super 8 Lethbridge
  • Days Inn Lethbridge

Food to Eat

  • Saigonese Restaurant
  • Firestone Restaurant and Bar
  • Lighthouse Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant
  • The Cheesecake Cafe
  • Original Joe’s
  • Plum
  • CoCo Pazzo Italian Cafe
  • Miro’s
  • The Keg
  • Georgio’s Contempory Dining
  • O-Sho Japanese Restaurant
  • Two Guys An A Pizza Place
  • Dono Sushi
  • Top Pizza & Spaghetti House
  • The Penny Coffee House
  • Crazy Cakes
  • Pasta Fresco
  • Denny’s Restaurant
  • Namu Korean and Western Grill


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Apr 022012
 

Population: City – 71,974 | Metro – 84,232
Elevation: 2,886ft (575m)
News: Prince George Citizen | Prince George Free Press | The Northern Star
Radio: 88.7 FM (Campus Radio), 90.3 FM (public music), 91.5 FM (public news/talk), 93.1 (community radio), 94.3 (modern rock), 95.5 FM (public news/talk), 97.3 FM (country), 99.3 FM (classic hits), 101.3 FM (hot adult contemporary)
TV: 3 Channels – 2 and 34 (Citytv), 4 and 14 (Radio-Canada), 12 and 20 (Global Chan-TV Vancouver)

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 in Northern British Columbia.  It is widely considered British Columbia’s “northern capital.”  The city play one of the most important roles in the entire provinces as it is at the crossroads of two major highways (Highway 16 and Highway 97) in Northern British Columbia.

Things to Do

  • Park Drive In
  • Fort George Park
  • Caledonia Nordic Ski Club
  • Cottonwood Island Nature Park
  • Tourism Prince George
  • Goodsir Nature Park
  • Strike Zone 10 Pin Bowling
  • Aquatic Centre
  • Black Diamond Lanes
  • Cougars WHL Hockey
  • Famous Players 6 Cinemas
  • Four Seasons Leisure Pool
  • Gamescape Multiplayer Gaming LTD.
  • Nechako Bowling Lanes
  • PGARA Speedway
  • Park Drive In Theatre
  • Predator Paintball
  • Prince George Playhouse
  • Raceway Go Karts
  • Raceway Mini Golf
  • Roll-A-Dome

Places to Stay

  • 97 Motor Inn
  • Bon Voyage Motor Inn
  • Brothers Inn
  • Camelot Court Hotel
  • Canada’s Best Value Inn
  • Carmel Motor Inn
  • City Centre Inn
  • Coast Inn of the North
  • College Heights Hotel
  • Connaught Motor Inn
  • Days Inn
  • Economy Inn
  • Esther’s Inn
  • Four Points by Sheraton
  • Grama’s Inn
  • Northwood Motor Inn
  • Old Frankfurt Motel
  • Prince George Motor Court
  • Prince Motel
  • Queensway Court
  • Ramada Hotel
  • Roblyn Motel and Campground
  • Rosebud Motel
  • Sandman Inn
  • Sandman Signature
  • Spruceland Inn
  • The Manor
  • Travelodge Goldcap
  • Treasure Cove Hotel

Food to Eat

  • Expensive
    • Cariboo Steak & Seafood
    • Cimo Mediterranean Grill
    • Crave Restaurant and Lounge
    • Hummus Brothers Tapas Bar
    • North 54
    • Ric’s Grill
    • Shogun Japanese Steakhouse
    • White Goose Bistro
    • Winston’s Dining Room
  • Normal
    • A&A Burger Bar
    • Aberdeen Glen Eagles Nest Restaurant
    • Achillion Greek Cuisine
    • Amigo’s Taco Shop
    • Atlantis Greek Restaurant
    • Barb’s Place Restaurant
    • Bon Voyage Restaurant
    • Camelot Court Restaurant
    • China Cup
    • China Sail
    • China Taste
    • Daddyo’s Pizza & Ribs
    • Denny’s
    • Earls
    • Empress Tea House
    • Fortune Palace Restaurant
    • Great Wall
    • Hart Burger Bar
    • Hart Wheel Inn Restaurant
    • Hummus Brothers Tapas Bar
    • Mr. Jake’s Steakhouse
    • Northern Palace Restaurant
    • Rockford Grill
    • Sliders
    • So Good
    • Thirsty Moose Pub
    • Tokyo Japanese Restaurant
    • White Spot Restaurant
  • Fast Food
    • 4 x A&W Restaurants
    • Burger King
    • College Heights 2 for 1 Pizza
    • 2 x Dairy Queen’s
    • 2 x Domino’s Pizza
    • Extreme Pizza
    • Fatburger
    • Hart Burger Bar
    • Kalo Donair
    • 4 x KFC’s
    • 2 x Little Caesar’s
    • Mario’s 2 for 1 Pizza and Chicken
    • 5 x McDonald’s
    • 2 x Panago’s
    • 8 x Subway’s
    • Tabor 2 for 1 Pizza
    • Taco Del Mar
    • 7 x Tim Horton’s
    • 2 x Wendy’s

 


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Mar 312012
 

Population: City – 234,200 | Metro – 260,600
Elevation: 1,579ft (481.5m)
News: Saskatoon StarPhoenix | The Western Producer | Saskatoon Sun | Saskatoon Shopper | Verb | Planet S | The Saskatoon Mirror | The Sheaf | Eagle Feather News | Business Today
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Things to Do

  • Shopping
    • Midtown Plaza
    • Market Mall
    • The Centre
    • The Mall at Lawson Heights
    • Confederation Mall
    • Preston Crossing
    • College Park Mall
    • Mount Royal Mall
    • Antique Mall
    • Stonegate Shopping Centre
    • Scotia Centre Mall
    • River City Mall
    • Westgate Plaza Strip Mall
    • Royal Square Strip Mall
    • Grosvenor Park Centre Strip Mall
    • University of Heights Square Power Centre
    • Erindale Centre Strip Mall
    • Blairmore Power Centre
  • Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
  • Laff Trax Comedy Theatre
  • Rosebud Burlesque
  • TCU Place
  • Wanuskewin Heritage Park
  • Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
  • Credit Union Centre
  • Mendel Art Gallery
  • Saskatchewan Western Development Museum
  • Forestry Farm Park
  • Prairieland Park
  • Doors Open Saskatoon
  • The Great Plains Comedy Festival
  • Dakota Dunes Golf Links
  • Broadway Theatre
  • Shaw Centre
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo
  • Wilson’s Entertainment Park
  • Ukraianian Museum of Canada
  • Wanuskewin Heritage Park
  • Ramada Golf Dome
  • Mendel Art Gallery and Civic Conservatory
  • Karttrak Go-Karts

Places to Stay

  • The James Hotel
  • Best Western Plus Blairmore
  • Super 8 Motel – Saskatoon
  • Hilton Garden Inn Saskatoon Downtown
  • Radisson Hotel Saskatoon
  • Park Town Hotel
  • Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Motel 6 Saskatoon
  • Days Inn Saskatoon
  • Delta Bessborough
  • Ramada Hotel and Golf Dome Saskatoon
  • Hotel Senator Saskatoon
  • Four Points by Sheraton Saskatoon
  • Super 8 Saskatoon West
  • Riviera Motor Inn
  • Best Western Harvest Inn
  • Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Saskatoon
  • Travelodge Hotel Saskatoon
  • Comfort Inn
  • Patricia Hotel
  • Colonial Square Motel
  • Sandman Hotel Saskatoon

Food to Eat

  • Saint Tropez Bistro
  • Truffles Bistro
  • Calories Bakery and Restaurant
  • La Bamba
  • AA Taj Mahal Restaurant
  • Hole in the Wall
  • Park Cafe
  • Alexander’s Restaurant & Bar
  • Amigo’s Cantina
  • Mr. Rizzo’s
  • Otowa Japanese Restaurant
  • Thien Vietnamese
  • Rice Bowl Fusion Restaurant
  • Fuddrucker’s
  • Saboroso Brazilian Steakhouse
  • Sushiro
  • Royal Thai
  • Carver’s Steakhouse – Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon
  • Rembrandts


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Mar 292012
 

Population: 431
Elevation: 2,170ft (662m)


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 population from 1996-2008.  That leads me to believe that there is a lot of hope for this thriving village in, ” The Last Frontier.”  There was lots of silver mining in the region originally but after a long and hard fight there just was not enough of it to keep people around.  One thing that has helped the economy of Carcross is the Klondike Highway.  It stretches between Whitehorse, Yukon and Skagway, Alaska but it gives tourists a place to stop in between.  The White Pass railway runs a service to Carcross.

Things to Do

  • Caribou Crossing Trading Post
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Carcross Desert – Worlds Smallest Desert
  • White Pass & Yukon Railroad
  • Cabin Fever Adventures
  • Carcross Post Office – Oldest Continuously Running in Canada
  • Historic Buildings Walking Tour
  • Matthew Watson General Store
  • Motherlode Jewellery
  • Mountain Do – Single Trek Mountain Biking
  • Murray’s Guide to the South Klondike Highway
  • Plants of the Carcross Dunes
  • Pristine Wilderness Tours
  • Tales from Wolf Willow Cottage
  • Tough Canoeing on Lake Bennett

Places to Stay

  • Dunroamin’ Retreat
  • Fox Hollow B&B
  • The Little Cabin at Carcross
  • Montana Services and RV Park
  • Spirit Lake Wilderness Resort
  • Wheaton River Wilderness Guest Cabin

Food to Eat

  • The Montana Roadhouse
  • Spirit Lake Wilderness Resort

 


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Mar 232012
 

Population: 31,535
Elevation: 446ft (136m)
Website: www.ci.fairbanks.ak.us
News: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner | Latitude 65 | The Ester Republic | Sun Star
Map: Link

Fairbanks, Alaska was founded back in the early part of the 20th century.  In 1901, E. T. Barnette settled there because his boat ran a ground and some nearby prospectors convinced him of the potential in the area.  During the first 60 years of existence, Fairbanks suffered from many floods and bridges were constantly washed out.  Most of the utility services are provided by private entities.  Electricity is provided by Golden Valley Electric Association and they have four stream turbines fueled by coal and one oil-fueled electric generator.  The University of Alaska Fairbanks operates its own coal-fired generating station that provides power and heat to all the university buildings.  It is also the oldest college of the current colleges in Alaska.

Fairbanks is called “The Golden Heart of Alaska” not just because the people who live there are kind and generous, but also because if its physical location deep in the interior of Alaska.  It could also have to do with the fact that there was a lot of gold discovered there in the early 20th century.  It was once known as the “Land of a Thousand Smokes” because of about 150 active volcanoes and earthquakes. 


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Things to do

  • Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
  • El Dorado Gold Mine
  • Fairbanks Curling Club
  • Georgeson Botanical Garden
  • Gold Dredge No. 8
  • Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station
  • Pioneer Park
  • Riverboat Discovery
  • Sternwheeler Tanana Chief
  • University of Alaska Museum of the North
  • July’s Golden Days Parade
  • The IceAlaska Ice Art Championships and Ice Park
  • Birch Hill Recreation Area
  • The Midnight Sun Game (June 21)

Places to Stay

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Fairbanks
  • Pike’s Waterfront Lodge
  • Sophie Station Hotel
  • Best Western PLUS Chena River Lodge
  • Alpine Lodge
  • Wedgewood Resort
  • River’s Edge Resort
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
  • Bridgewater
  • SpringHill Suites Fairbanks
  • Golden North Motel
  • Chena Hot Springs Resort
  • Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge
  • Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center
  • Regency Fairbanks Hotel
  • Alaska Motor Inn
  • Ranch Motel Goldrush Inn
  • Comfort Inn Faibanks
  • Extended Stay Deluxe Fairbanks
  • Tamarac Inn Motel
  • Fairbanks Super 8 Motel
  • Yukon Ventures Alaska

Food to Eat

  • Thai House Restaurant
  • Sweet Basil Thai Restaurant
  • Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine
  • Pump House
  • Lavelle’s Bistro
  • Bahn Thai
  • Seoul Gate Restaurant
  • Aloha BBQ Grill
  • Ajimi
  • Pump House Restaurant & Saloon
  • Chowder House
  • Sam’s Sourdough Cafe
  • Taco King
  • Turtle Club
  • Wasabi Bay
  • Geraldo’s Restaurant
  • Pike’s Landing
  • Cookie Jar Restaurant
  • Bobby’s Downtown
  • Mayflower Buffet


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Mar 222012
 

Population: 2,226
Elevation: 482ft (147m)
Website: www.northpolealaska.com
News: www.newsminer.com

Let me get to the most important answer to the most common question asked about this town.  No, this is not the actual North Pole (1700 miles south of the North Pole), and no this is not the place where Santa comes from.  They have however made quite a bit of money on the fact they share the same name.  Technically North Pole involves the entire zip code of 99705.  This would include part of Eielson Air Force Base, South of the Tanana River, over west to the city limits of Fairbanks and almost as far north as Two Rivers.  Most of the money made in North Pole is made from either Tourism or Oil.  Its located directly on the Alaska Highway which makes it a hot spot in the summertime for tourists.  It is also pretty much attached to Fairbanks which means tourists can still get all the normal services of a small city and visit North Pole easily.  Here is a really cool city map of North Pole!  It can be really helpful with a tablet!

Things to Do

  • Christmas on Ice
  • Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
  • El Dorado Gold Mine
  • Fairbanks Curling Club
  • Georgeson Botanical Garden
  • Gold Dredge No. 8
  • Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station
  • Pioneer Park
  • Riverboat Discovery
  • Sternwheeler Tanana Chief
  • University of Alaska Museum of the North
  • July’s Golden Days Parade
  • The IceAlaska Ice Art Championships and Ice Park
  • Birch Hill Recreation Area
  • The Midnight Sun Game (June 21)

Hotels

  • Hotel North Pole
  • Beaver Lake Resort Motel
  • Birch Tree Bed and Breakfast
  • Santa’s Slumber Land Bed and Breakfast
  • Alma’s Bed and Breakfast

Food

  • Thai Cuisine Restaurant
  • Pagoda Restaurant
  • Fire Wok
  • Elf’s Den
  • Mama C’s Moose Creek Kitchen
  • Coffee Cabin


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Mar 202012
 

Population: 1.393
Elevation: 1,635ft
Website: www.tokalaskainfo.com
News:

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 Indian Settlements in the area.  The town was originally used as an Alaskan Road Commission Camp when they were building the Alaska Highway.  The US Customs office was located in Tok until 1971 when it was moved to the Canadian border. 

Hotels

  • Main Street Motel
  • Westmark Tok
  • Young’s Motel
  • Golden Bear Motel and RV Park
  • Snowshoe Motel Fine Art and Gifts
  • Tok Lodge Motel
  • A Mooseberry Inn B&B
  • Caribou Cabins
  • Cleft of the Rock B&B
  • Off The Road House
  • A WinterCabin Bed and Breakfast
  • Tok Line Camp Bed and Breakfast

Places to Eat

  • Fast Eddy’s Restaurant
  • Jen’s Thai Food
  • White Bear Café


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Mar 182012
 

Population: 958
Elevation: 1,158ft (353m)
Website: www.ci.delta-junction.ak.us
News:  DeltaNewsWeb.com

The town of Delta Junction is located about 100 miles south of Fairbanks, Alaska.  The Big Delta is located at the intersection of the Delta and Tanana Rivers.  Delta Junction is technically the end of the Alaska Highway.  Delta Junction, Alaska has a very small population of just under 1000.  This is very small for the Lower 48 but in Alaska you might as well call it a city.  The reason its called Delta Junction is because in World War II the Americans helped support the Soviet Union with weapons, airplanes, and supplies into the Far East of Russia.  In order for this to happen, they Alaska Highway was built from an existing road in Dawson Creek, British Columbia with the Richardson Highway in Alaska which almost equaled 1,500 miles.

Things to Do

  • Sullivan Roadhouse Historical Museum

Places to Stay

  • Garden Bed & Breakfast
  • Tanana Loop Country Inn
  • Bald Eagle Ranch Bed and Breakfast
  • Kelly’s Alaska Country Inn
  • Alaska 7 Motel

Food

  • Taste of Europe Restaurant
  • Buffalo Center Diner


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Mar 162012
 

Population: 1,328
Elevation: 1,214ft (370m)
Website: www.cityofdawson.ca
News: The Klondike Sun

The town was founded back in 1897 by a man named Joseph Ladue and was named after the man who mapped the entire area 10 years earlier (George M. Dawson). It was the Capital of Yukon for over 50 years before the seat was moved to Whitehorse. The Klondike Gold Rush is really what got the town started (population wise at least). This rush, started in 1896 changed the First Nations camp into a huge city of 40,000 in 1898.  After World War II, The Great Depression in America, and the Capital moving to Whitehorse, the city dwindled to under 1000 before stabilizing right around 1000.  In 2004 the town Mayor was removed because the city was going bankrupt.

One of the most interesting things about this area is the fact that the town is almost nearly supported by gold mining.  The only other support given really is tourism.  Gold mining is huge is this part of the world and most gold mining operations are shut down during the winter but Joe Boyle was able to figure out how to keep them working year round through the harsh winters.  This guy was a complete genius and its even rumored that he had a sexual relationship with the Queen consort of Romania. Pretty scandalous if you ask me.  One of the things I plan on doing my next visit is going to Claim #6.  Anyone can pan for gold here I believe for free. 




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Things to Do

  • Dawson City Museum – $9.00 Adults, $7 Senior, $18.00 Family
  • Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall
  • Claim #6 – Free
  • Palace Grand Theatre
  • Jack London Interpretive Museum – $5.00
  • Berton House
  • Parks Canada Historic Sites – Tickets $6.40 each, 3 for $13.85 or 5 for $22.25. Tickets valid for most programs
  • Danoja Zho Cultural Centre – $6.00 ($3.00 for youth 12 – 18)
  • Klondike Institute of Art and Culture
  • Fire Fighters Museum
  • Tombstone Territorial Park

Places to Stay

  • Westmark Dawson City
  • Whitehouse Cabins
  • Eldorado Hotel
  • Canadas Best Value Inn – Downtown Hotel
  • Bonanza Gold Motel & RV Park
  • Dawson City Bunkhouse
  • Triple J Hotel
  • Bunkhouse Hotel
  • Dawson City Bed & Breakfast
  • Bombay Peggy’s Inn & Pub
  • Aurora Inn
  • 5th Avenue Bed & Breakfast
  • White Ram Manor
  • Bear Creek Bed & Bannock

 

Food to Eat

  • The Drunken Goat Tavern
  • Klondike Kate’s Restaurant & Cabins
  • Riverwest Bistro
  • Sour Doe Joe’s
  • La Table
  • Jack London Grill
  • Bonanza Dinning Room & Sluice Box Lounge
  • Tasty Byte Internet Cafe


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Mar 142012
 

Population: 1,547
Elevation: 2296ft (700m)
Website: www.watsonlake.ca
News: www.yukon-news.com

Watson Lake is another town found on the Alaska Highway.  The population of the town as of 2004 was 1,547 which makes it one of the top cities in the Yukon.  Its located off the Liard River at one of the major junctions in the Alaska Highway.  Robert Campbell Highway and the Alaska Highway meet right at the Western edge of town.  This is one of my favorite towns to encounter on the Alaska Highway purely because of the Northern Lights Centre.  The other is Signpost Forest which is probably one of the most unique places you can go to in the world.  Sign Posts from all over the world are located at this place.

Stuff to Do

Hotels

  • A Nice Motel
  • Air Force Lodge
  • Big Horn Hotel
  • Northern Beaver Post Cottages
  • Gateway Motor Inn
  • Andrea’s Hotel
  • Cedar Lodge Motel
  • Laffing Loon Bed and Breakfast
  • Cozy Nest Hideaway

Food

  • Watson Lake Foods

Other

  • Tags Convenience Store – North End of Town: Gas Station, Coffee Shop, Dairy Items
  • Hougen’s Department Store

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Mar 122012
 

Population: 113+
Elevation:
Website: http://www.gov.bc.ca/arr/firstnation/kaska_nation/default.html
News:

Lower Post, British Columbia is an aboriginal community up in Northern British Columbia.  Its located along the Alaska Highway and is a beautiful area to be in during the Summer months.  Before it was a town, it was a great fishing spot along with a crossing (early road systems) and a meeting place for people.  It has a diverse population due to the fact that people from all over would come meet at this place and eventually settled there.  Kaska is the rare language spoken by a few of the aboriginals.  There are no government services in Lower Post and the citizens use services from nearby Watson Lake, Yukon (about 15 miles Northwest).  I find the sharp increase in population interesting considering just 10 years ago there were 28 people and 5 years later there was 113. 

Things to Do

  • Good Fishing Spots

Places to Stay

  • Big Horn Hotel

Food to Eat


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Mar 102012
 

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 located where the Smith River and Liard River come together.  Its near km 820 on the Alaska Highway.  The biggest attraction at this place is the Smith River Falls.  This is a 10 story 30ft wide waterfall which plunges into a deep pool.  It makes a crazy loud thunderous sound when it hits the bottom too.   You can easily reach these falls by car and you can also see the original site of Fort Halkett (originally a Hudson Bay Trading Company outpost). 


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