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A Wedding on Yukon Time

Whitehorse, Yukon

Northern Canada is its own special place. It is our true north, strong and free. You NEED to be strong to bear the temperature (I, personally, have been in a wind chill of -35 Celsius). And the people there are definitely free. They seem free from those big city pressures. A main one being, that sense of urgency, that insistence on being punctual. In the Yukon, they have their own time: they have “Yukon Time”. Things will get done when they get done.

I was up in the Yukon this past week for my big sister’s wedding. She has lived up North for several years now, and it was my third winter visit. Her wedding, to the shock of some of my friends here in Vancouver, did, indeed, include a traditional white dress and me in a short-skirted bridesmaid dress with heels. I do not, though, ever again recommend walking in snow in open-toe shoes- brrrrrrr! Only in the Yukon will one have to clean the snow out of the bride’s shoes before she can walk down the aisle.

The wedding did have typical North American traditions mixed in: bridesmaids in matching dresses, the father walks the bride down the aisle, vows are said, rings are exchanged, a first dance for the newly wed couple. Yet, it also had that fabulous air of relaxation that simply comes with everything in the Yukon. Guests trickled in at their leisure, many popping in to the special back room where the bride “hid” before her grand entrance to walk down the aisle. Photos and conversations with the bride before her entrance are typically unheard of! Our flower girl (daughter to the bride and groom) was one of the last to arrive with an aunt, pushing the ceremony start time well back, as it could not go on without her. She, being just three years old, also spent much of the ceremony dancing around, yelling, and trying to play with her mother’s dress.  The wedding ceremony was performed by the groom’s long term friend, who also happened to make the cake, who also happened to be their elected government official- as is the case in all good small towns. And, finally, my sister managed to avoid having a slew of toasts and mushy love stories dedicated to the happy couple. Instead, people mingled and kids played under tables.

I will admit though, I could have done with a little less Yukon experience when, at the end of the night, I had to help push our taxi cab, as it was stuck on the snow and ice of the driveway.

December 29, 2011 Comments disabled

Pot Roast: a winter warmer from the UK

In the UK during December the days are short (where I’m from it starts going dark at around 3:30pm) and the weather is cold. Not surprising that our traditional recipes are warm and filling. Pot roast is one of these – throw it all into a pot, cook slowly in the oven and enjoy.

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December 14, 2011 1 comment

Messenger of winter in Turkey: Salep

What is your favourite winter drink? Hot chocolate? Oregon Chai? Or simply a cup of coffee? Most Turks will answer that question with ‘Salep’, the most popular winter beverage in Turkey. When you see “Salep sold here” signs at the windows of the pastry shops, coffee houses or spot salep vendors in the streets, you know winter is already here.

A cup of salep, garnished with cinnamon by fikirbaz


January 26, 2011 13 comments

Winter Driving in Canada

Across the country, this past week has seen huge snowfalls. Together with the snow come the unique driving conditions of our Canadian winter.

From driveway to sidewalk to road, it's all whiteness.
From driveway to sidewalk to road, it’s all whiteness.


January 14, 2011 5 comments

Picture Postcards: Snowy Swiss chalet

A couple of weeks ago we posted a Swiss house in summertime. This week we have the winter version, sent by keepps. It’s a modern Swiss chalet, built in the 1940s, and it’s in Montbovon, Switzerland.


This is the last week of our houses photo theme. Take a look at other houses from around the world in our Picture Postcards photo group.


December 27, 2010 Comments disabled

Maple toffee

Making Maple Toffees in Ottawa

Maple toffee is a winter tradition in Canada. It is made by pouring maple syrup onto snow. Thanks to Xiaozhuli for sharing this one!

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March 5, 2010 2 comments