The Yukon is a strange place for many reasons, and this adds to it’s charm. But with it’s capital city only having a population of ~26,000, it can lead to some funny opportunities, and strange circumstances.
Some of these things may be a little frustrating, but others are wonderful and make me thankful to live in such a unique place in the world. The Yukon is truly one of a kind and I believe that everyone who lives here can agree to that (even if it can drive you crazy sometimes). I also believe that everyone who lives here can relate to these 25 points, because I sure as hell do!
1. Driving for 500km on the highway and only passing 8 cars….
2. “Oh, you’ve only played tennis for 3 months? Want to go to the Canada Summer Games?”
3. Pays for Amazon Prime, orders something off Amazon Prime, takes two weeks to arrive…
4. When a company won’t ship to the Yukon, but they will ship to Atlin, B.C.?????
5. Wondering what ever happened to Tagish Elvis? Like… How are you doing man?
6. Praying your car won’t start while its -40 so you won’t have to go to school/work.
7. Can’t find it anywhere in town? Riverside has it.
8. Going to Vancouver and being amazed at stores being open on a Sunday, and past 6:00pm.
9. Going to B.C. and hearing this, “Oh you’re from Ontario? Cool…. You’re from Yukon?!?!?!?! That’s SOOO far away!!!!”….
10. Hitting up Tim Horton’s 3 times a day is a necessity.
11. In high school you were dying to escape this frigid town and then dying to come back after you left.
12. Getting used to gorgeous mountains everywhere and having to check yourself.
13. Missing Lizards but also being so happy that place is gone.
14. Not knowing any street names but understanding directions like, “it’s in the old Canadian Tire” and “it’s across from the old Dairy Queen”.
15. Missing when Rendezvous was on Main Street.
16. It’s minus 40, not negative 40…
17. Hearing someone still call Home Hardware, Beaver Lumber.
18. Coming to terms with the fact that literally nobody knows where the Yukon is, and having to explain that it’s next to Alaska, but in Canada, every time you travel.
19. Re-watching that Qwanlin Mall video on YouTube every chance you get. Haven’t seen it? Click here.
20. Never getting used to the lack of light in winter, and all-day light in the summer. You’d think after 24 years you’d see it coming but NOPE.
21. Wearing a full on parka when it’s zero degrees in the fall, but a t-shirt when its zero degrees in the spring.
22. Knowing that within a week of getting your windshield replaced, someone will drive by and flick a rock at you.
23. Priding yourself on how many stickers you have on your health care card.
24. You would rather do anything than drive into Riverdale during rush hour (or rush “20 minutes”).
25. And finally, it’s THE Yukon, not Yukon.
Did you relate to at least some of these points? Let me know in the comments!
And if you aren’t from the Yukon, but are planning on visiting (so you can understand what the heck this post is talking about), CLICK HERE to get my free Ultimate Yukon Bucket List Printable.