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Old 02-25-2015, 12:05 PM
 
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As an American, I've always been fascinated by truly remote areas with few or even no people. We [the US] don't really have much of this outside Alaska anymore but Canada has these vast areas of no human settlement. Even Quebec is largley unpopulated once you get above a certain point. As Canadians, have any of you been to or wanted to visit the Northern areas of your great country? What is life like in towns like Iqualit Nuvanut, Yellowknife NWT, Whitehorse YK, or Radisson QC? What jobs are up there? What does it feel like to live so remotely?
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Yellowknife and Whitehorse at least have roads in and out.

It's cold, remote and expensive.
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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The scenery up there can be truly breathtaking but it kind of gets old real fast for most people because of the isolation and climate.

And unless you are really into living the particular lifestyle that these regions offer. It's not for everyone, that's for sure.
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Old 02-25-2015, 01:28 PM
 
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"have any of you been to or wanted to visit the Northern areas of your great country?"


Literally thousands of people from all over the world do so every year. There are way too many sites advertising this to post here but here's just a couple:


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Old 03-04-2015, 03:08 AM
 
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I'd like to go, but there's other places I'd rather see first I guess.
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Old 03-04-2015, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Liminal Space
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On a trip to Alaska many years ago I drove through the Yukon to Dawson City (a highlight) and Whitehorse (not so much - think American suburbia). Also went to Skagway Alaska which can only be reached by road by driving through Canada. Probably the most accessible part of Northern Canada for Americans.

As I remember it, the scenery was nice but not much different from Alaska. I'd recommend someone on a similar trip today to just pop over to Dawson (20 miles beyond the AK border) unless you have time to do more serious exploration of the Yukon.
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Old 03-04-2015, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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I recently visited an Iqaluit job posting for the heck of it that featured a 12 month job, all expenses paid including housing, in my field. I was kind of tempted.
I've always wanted to experience life out there... Temporarily at least.
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Toronto, ON
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On a trip to Alaska many years ago I drove through the Yukon to Dawson City (a highlight) and Whitehorse (not so much - think American suburbia).
I took the bus from Nova Scotia to Whitehorse on two occasions, and I am truly puzzled by this description. I didn't leave the "down-town" area during my trips, but there was nothing at all reminiscent of, say, Mississauga.

I love Whitehorse, and if it wasn't so very far away I would love a chance to live there, and probably would have done it, despite the distance, when I was younger. It's this tiny little city surrounded by mountains and the Yukon River. Despite being so isolated and sparsely populated it seemed to have a great music scene, and many amenities usually only found in bigger centres, like a microbrewery, a coffee roaster, and vegetarian restaurants. The drive along the Alaska highway is breathtaking.

It is definitely expensive to live there, though, and I imagine the novelty might wear off after a few months. I could see it becoming pretty isolating eventually, if you're not outdoorsy and solitary by nature.

For sure a lot of character, though, and not at all suburban!
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Old 03-07-2015, 01:56 PM
 
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I only need to take the subway for 30 minutes to be in Northern Canada.

Joke aside, what is so interesting in permanently frozen land anyway.
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Old 03-07-2015, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I only need to take the subway for 30 minutes to be in Northern Canada.

Joke aside, what is so interesting in permanently frozen land anyway.
It's very spectacular, the way the ocean is spectacular, or the mountains or a tornado and a hurricane. There is something awe-inspiring in anything that can kill you very quickly. I can see why people would go to visit.

Have you ever been to Harbin?
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