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Yearning for the Yukon

**This is a post from several years ago that I thought some of my newer readers might enjoy reading.**

As I wrote at that time, the Yukon Territory in Canada’s North left a lasting impression on me and Joe.

We are hoping to move back there, in the not too distant future.

Hope you enjoy this cyber re-visit to one of the nicest places I’ve visited or lived to date.

What is the best place you’ve ever lived? Do share! 😉



In December 2006, we had just moved from our home province of Saskatchewan (on the Canadian Prairies) to Whitehorse, Yukon.

Unfortunately, we faced a number of personal hardships(not related to our move) while in the Yukon which took away from fully enjoying our experience there. Long story….things did get better, but very hard to face at the time.

On the plus side though, Whitehorse and the Yukon left many lasting memories that Joe and I still treasure:

*The absolute quiet and tranquility we enjoyed and often only minutes away from the downtown core.

*The extraordinary beauty of the Yukon (similar to BC but at the same time different. To be there is to understand).

*The incredible, everchanging skies. The horizon so tangible.

*Feeling more in tune with nature .

*Being ‘North of 60’ brings it’s own unique experience to those who go there. Again, to be there is to…

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Hooray for Canada!

Apparently, we led the way in Earth Hour energy savings and accomplishments.

Read more at the Earth Hour site  including events and stats worldwide and the impact of all the global participants during Earth Hour 2008 .

From the Earth Hour site, with a couple of my comments added:

Canada: Thank you for leading the world in Earth Hour!

Earth Hour was a huge success, with early reports indicating that at least 50 million people participated in this global call to action on climate change!  This makes it the largest voluntary power-down event in history.  And it was Canada that led the way, with over 150 cities and towns turning off their lights.  Thank you Canada!

In Toronto, Canada’s flagship Earth Hour city, energy consumption dropped by 8.7 per cent and almost 10,000 people gathered at City Hall to watch Nelly Furtado, The Philosopher Kings and Fefe Dobson play a free concert in the dark.  In all of Ontario, 900 MW of energy was saved, the equivalent of taking over 11,000 cars off the road for one hour.

There were celebrations all across the country and results are still pouring in.  In British Columbia, energy consumption was reduced by 125 MW.  The energy saved in Ontario and British Columbia alone is equivalent to turning off 20.5 million lights. 

Thanks to everyone here in Canada and around the world that participated in the first ever, worldwide Earth Hour!  Your efforts and determination have made this an event to remember and you have sent a very strong message to our government, and governments around the world, that we need to take action on climate change now.

My favorite Canadian city: Toronto

Toronto: lights ON/Wow… so many lights OFF!

Downtown Toronto © Ivy Images
At left, downtown Toronto with lights on. At right, downtown Toronto during Earth Hour.

My ??? Why not Earth Hour, once a month?

Just imagine.     🙂