The YK Centre sign is an icon in Yellowknife and it dates back many, many years. Many Yellowknifers who have lived in Yellowknife for more than 10 years will remember the old sign. It wasn’t a fancy sign, the old one. It was barely readable by the end. The new sign though, it is fancy. Clear to read too.
The sign, when it displays Yellowknife’s cold temperatures, is a stamp of our strength and resilience to get through the winter. It is also an attraction in itself. Just watch on any given day in the winter and watch visitors gaze up at it as they marvel the temperatures.
The photo on the left is thanks to the YK Centre and from 2001, the photo on the right was taken by myself in December 2013.
While I was trying to find out when the original sign was put in place, Mayor Heyck dug up a photo from the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre – GNWT Archive of the sign from between 1975 and 1979, which you can see on the PWNHC website here. It is hard to make out but the sign appears have an analog clock and another clock type face, possibly a temperature gauge. The chatter on Twitter last night was fun as a group of residents and myself tried to narrow down when the YK Centre sign was first installed. We narrowed it down to between 1971-1975.
Do you have a photo of the sign through the years? Post it on Facebook, Flickr or Instagram and leave a link in the comment.