Way up in Canada’s Northwest Territories at 62° latitude lies a surprising city. When my photo tour participants arrive, the first thing they usually comment on is how surprised they are to find an actual city instead of a tiny outpost village. They were expecting to fly into something right out of the 1800s gold rush era.
I like to call it a microcosm of a large city. It’s small, yes, but it has an airport, tall buildings, car dealerships, and even a Walmart. Yellowknife owes its existence to gold, and more recently, diamonds and tourism. Tourists come to Yellowknife in summer to fish, boat, and view wildlife. In winter, they come to look at the sky. Yellowknife sits directly under the aurora oval, which makes it among the best places on Earth to view the northern lights.
Along with sharing a few photos, I’ll talk a little about my approach to photography in this cold place. I’ve only visited Yellowknife in winter, so I can’t speak to its photo potential at other times of the year, although some of the photos I’ve seen have me wanting to go. Also, I’m far from an expert on the region and learn new things on every trip. To see some great images from a photographer who lives there, check out Martin Male’s website.