As with many northerners who were not born in the NWT, you could say that Richard Zaidan lost track of time. The acting Visitor Experience Manager for Wood Buffalo National Park arrived in Fort Smith in 2004 after working for Jasper and Prince Albert national parks.
Professor Quark (aka Scott Lough) had a bucket of dry ice beside him, a gaggle of kids around him, honey, Windex and water on the table, and a bag of fruit waiting in the wings.
Reg Bellefontaine opened the door of the deck at Fort Simpson’s Mackenzie Rest Inn and strode purposefully toward a guest staying at his bed & breakfast. “I can’t help it,” he said as he slid a plate of food in front of her.
There are some strange things done under the midnight sun – and Gordon Brayton, general manager and head golf pro at the Yellowknife Golf Club, has seen at least one of them. “I have been driving home and seeing a raven flying by with one of my golf balls in his mouth,” he says.
Terence Courtoreille knows the thrill of landing a 48-inch Northern Pike on a fly rod. He also has firsthand experience fly fishing for Arctic Grayling, Dolly Varden, Pickerel (Walleye), Whitefish and Lake Trout.
Taking their inspiration from ancient stories, traditional knowledge and personal experience, Inuvialuit, Dene and Metis of the Northwest Territories create captivating art in a variety of media. These NWT products are available in galleries and gifts shops in many communities.
The warm and engaging Joe Bailey, owner and operator of North Star Adventures in Yellowknife, is a natural storyteller.
The Tuktoyaktuk carver has since worked with soapstone, limestone, marble, ivory and antler. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and hockey star Bobby Orr own some of his carvings, and his work is displayed at Vancouver International Airport.
More than 200 Yellowknifers showed up when astronomy buff James Pugsley organized his first northern star party atop Bush Pilot’s Monument on August 27, 2003. They came to see Mars, which was making its closest approach to Earth in 50,000 years.