The Mystic Aquarium/SRF team arrived in Yellowknife, Northwest Territory (formerly The Yukon), on July 17. We had a one day margin to allow for inclement flying weather, of which we made good use. The research team spent the majority of the day in Yellowknife with colleagues at the Department of Canadian Fisheries and Oceans. Multiple permits are required for obtaining beluga samples and there is a lot of leg work to get through the process.
Here we are, perched on the rock of the public landing. The weather here is sunny and warm, about 75 degrees. Sun is up at around 4 am, and sets at 10 pm. Feeling badly for all those suffering in the NE heat wave.
(Photo L-R: Peter Glankoff, Kimberly Anderson, Bob Anderson, Raymond Uzanas )
We dined at Bullock's, a local restaurant that looks exactly like what you would expect on the northwest frontier: a big rough-hewn bar, rustic inside and outside tables, cold beverages from a cabinet refrigerator, and a large tattooed lady commandeering the central grill. Local pickerel, whitefish, lake trout, Arctic charr, musk ox or buffalo; served grilled, deep fried or pan fried. Butter used liberally, by the pound. We had made reservations earlier In the day during our hike, but still had to wait an hour to be seated. We had reservations, but so what? It's Yellowknife. What, you have people to see, places to go, things to do? Three hours later, we paid our check and posed for this photo.
(Photo L-R: Peter Glankoff, Paul Anderson, Justin Richard, Tracy Romano, Kimberly Anderson, Bob Anderson, Raymond Uzanas)
Every square inch of wall and ceiling at Bullock's is covered with inscriptions, business cards, graffiti, stickers, posters, taxidermy and other stuff. As we paid our bill up front at the cashier, we spotted the only unused piece of real estate in the entire joint and went to work. From this moment forward, all those who cross the Bullock's threshold, eat a hearty meal, and faithfully pay their bill, will be greeted by this impressive reminder of our visit.