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Re: FIFTY YEARS IN CANADA
« Reply #210 on: July 10, 2020, 12:30:17 AM »


  THE FAMOUS BUFFOLO AIRWAYS IN YELLOWKNIFE.

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Re: FIFTY YEARS IN CANADA
« Reply #211 on: July 10, 2020, 12:56:22 AM »
The winter road that was used on the first season of  "Ice road truckers "

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibbitt_to_Contwoyto_Winter_Road
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Re: FIFTY YEARS IN CANADA
« Reply #212 on: July 10, 2020, 06:12:13 AM »


   Not a good idea to drive at night around here as Bison roam the highways, even during the day they can cause delays to your drive.

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Re: FIFTY YEARS IN CANADA
« Reply #213 on: July 29, 2020, 03:06:54 AM »


    Yellowknife is at 66.5 degrees latitude, compaired to Belfast,s 54.5. But its still within the tree line and 665 kms south of the Arctic Circle.   Twenty hours of daylight in July and 5 in December.


     Cost of living is about 100% more than southern parts of Canada,but its getting better since the bridge was built over the MacKenzie river. I was there 2 years ago and a beer was about $8 compared to about $5.  They have a beer brewed there called "bug repellent "   A case of Molsons 24 was $ 54.65.


      Lots of jobs around in the government and mines.


      When I worked in the Northwest it was only a couple of months ( july and August ) above the Arctic Circle but in Yellowknife it was year round.
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Re: FIFTY YEARS IN CANADA
« Reply #214 on: July 29, 2020, 03:13:38 AM »


     Worked on Dew Line sites Bar#3,  Bar#4, Dew Main-Cape Perry, and Nel-x

     [size=78%]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEU7aBVUa58[/size]

These Radar stations all closed down in 1993.
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« Reply #215 on: July 29, 2020, 03:18:57 AM »


  The way all the equipment was moved in by Bomb Trains and Cat Trains.

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We would work 60 hours and off Sundays, but paid 10 hours. sundays as well. also overtime of about another 8 hours.
Nobody worked if there was a fog as you could not see the Polar Bears,but they could smell you.
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Re: FIFTY YEARS IN CANADA
« Reply #216 on: July 29, 2020, 03:21:22 AM »


     This guy was studying the bears, but was pretty shook-up after this experiment.

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Re: FIFTY YEARS IN CANADA
« Reply #218 on: July 29, 2020, 03:26:14 AM »


            The new road to Tuk.

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« Reply #219 on: July 31, 2020, 03:52:43 AM »


   Wow,    28c to-day, thursday 30 july in Yellowknife. Dont know if that was a record.
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Re: FIFTY YEARS IN CANADA
« Reply #220 on: August 02, 2020, 04:01:56 PM »


   I was only once in Nunavut on a job. flew in and out without being able to see much.

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Re: FIFTY YEARS IN CANADA
« Reply #221 on: August 13, 2020, 09:12:04 PM »


  Before going back to the Land of Greed, we,ll go into Northern B.C. to where it all began for me. Fort St. John.

  In april 1969 we left Belfast and flew to Prestwich and on to Winnipeg,were we stayed overnight, getting into our hotel about 3 pm. Sometime later the T.V. was turned on and what did we see but Coronation Street. Had a good laugh over that.

  Next morning it was on to a flight to Edmonton AB. and then another to Fort St.John. where a company rep. meet us and got us to an apartment that they had rented for us.

Mile #47 on the Alaska Hwy, ( in B.C. its Hwy#97 ) a town of about 6000 in 1969. Lots of work as the Bennett Dam had just been finished and a lot of infrastructure was still being done,plus the Peace Canyon Dam was starting to be planned.

The town now is a great place to live, average household salary is around $124,000, with 20000 people living there now.

Back then,not so good because there was,nt much to do after work. Wife hated it,and we did,nt stay longer than a year. But we had plenty of money by then to move.
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« Reply #222 on: August 13, 2020, 09:41:15 PM »


   Fort Nelson B.C. is another town I worked in, but much later.  It is 381 kms north of Fort St. John on the Alaska Hwy at mile #300, but its really mile#0, There was a road from Fort St. John already when the U.S. Army began building the Alaska Hwy. from there. The southern section around Dawson Creek was started separatly .

    This town is isolated with just the Hwy. traffic bringing in business, its fading away quickly. House prices have plunged 2014-2019 by 64%. Most Gas rigs and Forestry mills have closed. Vacancy rates are around 49%.  The winter months, Nov.to Feb. are the coldest in B.C.

    About 30 kms west of town the Hwy, splits with the Laird Hwy, which was gravel when I was there, running north to Fort Simpson 400 kms away. Never drove it.
    The Alaska Hwy,( B.C.#97) runs west by north west and enters the Yukon at Watson Lake.
   
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Re: FIFTY YEARS IN CANADA
« Reply #223 on: August 13, 2020, 09:54:49 PM »


   The Yukon.

   Famous for the biggest Gold rush in the world.  If you are interested in that read the book by Pierre Berton   "Klondike "

   They promote for the tourists the route the prospectors took, but its all bull, you can never imagine what they went through.

   I had to live in Whitehorse for a good while, as the company had opened a new branch and I hated every moment I was stuck there.
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Re: FIFTY YEARS IN CANADA
« Reply #224 on: August 13, 2020, 09:59:48 PM »


  I got out of Whitehorse every chance I got and did as much exploring as I could.

  This Hwy. is a good drive to Dawson City,but again Dawson is nowhere like the Gold Rush town it was.

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