(“North of 60” refers to the 60th parallel, or the latitude that divides Canadian provinces from the territories. Territories are different from provinces because they are controlled more by the federal government and in the case of Canada, are really just thought of as being colder and more barren.)
For someone who had just spent a semester in the heat and humidity of big-city Singapore, cool open skies sounded like the perfect change – along with midnight sun and auroras!
Since I didn’t know a lot about the great white north before getting there, I decided to apply for a job at a museum in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. As the time difference between there and my current location in Singapore was absolutely ridiculous, I ended up having to Skype interview at midnight (but still managed to secure the job somehow!)
With that, I booked my flight tickets across the globe and endured basically everyone I knew questioning why in the world I picked the Northwest Territories to move to. Basically, I explain my reasoning for the move in a post that you can check out here:
For everything that happened since then, here’s a full list of my northern adventures:
Welcome to Fort Smith
As you can probably imagine, the switch between a big Southeast Asian city and a tiny northern Canadian town was a bit of a shock. Things like the skyscrapers got replaced with this crazy thing called sky. It was (strange and) awesome.
Tripping Across the Territory
As a compulsive traveller, just getting to the Northwest Territories clearly wasn’t enough, I had (so so so) so much land to explore! I decided there’d be no better way to do this then by camping in Wood Buffalo National Park and the territorial capital, Yellowknife, for a Folk Festival.
Looking back on the rest of my experiences, its weird to think how easily I got settled in a place where I’d be firing a shot gun one day and going to a drum circle the next, but I’m pretty much always up for anything and despite being a tiny town of 2,500 people, Fort Smith had a little of everything.