Lomography is taking over Canada, one analogue city at a time! We’ll be traveling coast to coast for this series, digging into old photo albums and our online lomographic community as we reminisce the development of our beautiful Canadian cities! We’re heading up north this time, to Whitehorse, Yukon… Perfect for this last cold blast we’ve been having!
The name of this city was borrowed from the White Horse Rapids along the Yukon River. The rapids were known to resemble the mane of a charging white horse. Intense imagery there, eh? I’m sure it looks absolutely majestic too, along with the rest of the city. Though probably unfamiliar to most and less renowned as other Canadian cities, Whitehorse has its own little gems that are worth uncovering.
This city was a part of the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 19th century. The discovery of gold began in August of 1896 and developed into a frenzy of gold prospecting and gold immigration along the Klondike River in Yukon. Whitehorse was booming as people from the United States, South Africa, United Kingdom and Australia came flooding to the Yukon willing to take the journey to collect some gold.
Fact: Did you know that Whitehorse contracts out all of its police services to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police? Actually, during the Gold Rush, the Mounties, known as the North-West Mounted Police at the time, made themselves recognizable as an effective and distinguished force. The Gold Rush became one of the most peaceful and orderly affairs of its type in history thanks to the Mounties.
And of course we couldn’t mention northern Canada without mentioning the phenomenon that is the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights. Viewing the luminous display of shimmering colours prancing across the dark sky will leave you with your jaw wide open. Need I say more?
Although this city is located in our northern Canadian territories, the climate is slightly milder than the others due to its location in the Whitehorse valley, but is considered Canada’s driest city. Being framed by Grey Mountain, Haeckel Hill, and the Golden Horn Mountain, I bet there’s loads of scenery to take in. Just picture those white caps and the misting of the rivers on a cold winter’s day. (Or just take a look at these lomographs!)
Whitehorse was an adventure, but now that we’ve traveled the west coast, the prairies, and a northern territory, where should we go for our fifth and final installment?!