A look at Yellowknife, a city of 20,000 people in Canada’s Northwest Territories. According to the city’s web page:
* Yellowknife sits on the shores of Great Slave Lake, and is about a 1,500 kilometer drive north of Edmonton, Alberta.
* Modern development began in the 1930s when gold was discovered on the Yellowknife River.
* Mining — for gold and other metals starting in the 1930s and for diamonds starting in the late 1990s — has been the city’s primary non-government employer.
* The area’s gold mines produced gold worth $(C)8.2 million between 1934 and 2003, when the last gold mine closed.
* In 2004, more than 82 percent of the city’s population had attained at least a high-school education.
* Its 2005 unemployment rate was 3.1 percent.
* The city’s 2007 budget is around $(C)49.6 million.
* The city’s average family income in 2004 was $(C)111,665, well above the national average of $(C)76,100.
* The average high temperature in January — the coldest month of the year — is -22 degrees Celsius. Average high temperature in July — the warmest month — is 21 degrees Celsius. For the rest of Uncle Crappy’s readers, that’s about -8 in January and a balmy 70 in July.
* Thirty-two percent of the city’s population enjoyed hunting or fishing during 2003.
* The city’s Heritage Committee is sponsoring an upcoming art show, to be held during Heritage Week in February. If you’re thinking about entering, you’d better hurry — deadline for submissions is Feb. 2. There is no indication that this has anything to do with Groundhog Day.
* The Strange Range sounds like my kind of place. And there’s 15 taps at the Black Knight Pub — that’s never a bad thing.
Uncle Crappy has been getting regular hits recently from someone who lives in or near Yellowknife. So — how’d I do?