WildCat Cafe, Yellowknife (June, 2008)

I Finally got my chance to explore some of the Canadian north, with the first stop being in Yellowknife, North West Territories. Yellowknife, is a neat little place, perhaps bigger then I expected and containing many more similarities to other small Canadian Towns and Cities probably due to the city being connected to the rest of the country via Highway. Any place that has a Walmart and a Tim Horton’s after all can not be all that remote.

WildCat Cafe built in 1937

Have not a lot of time to look around due to the job being rather small and the weather being so nice. Today it was the warmest place in the country I think, the mercury hit 29 degrees and unfortunately since the sun doesn’t go down, the work day was stretched a little further.

One of Yellowknife’s best known historic landmarks and popular tourist attractions, is a little summer restaurant called the Wildcat Cafe. The building portion of the restaurant is a small old mining camp style wooden log structure that was originally built in 1937 and then later designated as a heritage building in 1992.

The WildCat Cafe is known as the city’s oldest restaurant and continues to operate every year in the original log structure, with extra seating setup out side. Food served at the Wildcat Cafe is mostly typical Canadian fast food (fries, burgers, ice cream etc.) but they also add a little northern touch combining a few dishes with a little Caribou and MuskOx as well.

Interesting enough, a replica of the Wildcat Cafe cabin has been built at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec, witch was neat to see after being to the real thing.

WildCat Cafe  in Yellowknife, NWTInside the WildCat Cafe Restaurant in Yellowknife, North West Territories

Inside the WildCat Cafe  in Yellowknife, NWTWildCat Cafe  in Yellowknife, NWT

Color Shaded Relief Model – Gatineau, Quebec

Color Shaded Relief Model of the Gatineau foot hills of Quebec


The above image is one of several color shaded relief (CSR) models I created of Gatineau foot hills of Quebec. The city of Ottawa is featured in the national capital region near the bottom center of the image across the river just south of Gatineau Park. This was one of the color shaded relief models submitted for use with an online interactive web GIS mapping project for the municipal of Collines-de-l’Outaouais, Quebec. The image below is the actual one that is currently featured in the web GIS project.

The Gatineau Hills are part of a geological formation in Canada which represent the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains which stretch east through Quebec, beginning north of Montreal and joining up with others into Vermont and New Hampshire. The geology of Gatineau Park, which encompass these foothills, is related to the Eardly Escarpment, which is a fault line that lies along the southern edge of the hills. This escarpment makes the part an attractive location for rock climbers and hikers, offering a beautiful view of the relatively flat fields below, which extend to the Ottawa River.

Color Shaded Relief Model of the Gatineau foot hills of Quebec



Gatineau Park Pansharp Fused Image

A pansharpened image fused with a DEM to help provide an extra 3D effect making the topographic features of Gatineau Park stand out more …