During past A to Z challenges I was taking you to ancient Egypt and for a world tour - this time I want to tell you about little Canadian gems. One of them is a small community of 400 people in the remote northern British Columbia.
Atlin is often referred to as the Switzerland of the North. The name itself comes from the Tlingit word "atlah," that actually means "Big Water." Both of these descriptions are suitable for this small isolated community that sits on the province's largest natural lake and is surrounded by massive mountain ranges and ice fields.
There are tons of things to do there: boating, fishing, skiing, hiking close to town, snowshoeing in the winter, mountain biking, horseback riding, and glacier hiking at two provincial parks nearby. Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park is best known for its river system, while Atlin Provincial Park includes Atlin Lake, many more though smaller lakes, and melting glaciers. The town also boasts a diverse range of artists and a rich history of gold mining.
The town has the oldest board of trade in the province, yet remains unincorporated, meaning it has no official governing body. Instead, it has the Atlin Community Improvement District, which was created in January 2009. Committed and engaged citizens and hard-working volunteers are what make this town run and survive.
Whitehorse in the Yukon, about two plus hours north, is Atlin's service centre. That's where residents access doctors, dentists, lawyers, entertainment, and more. Many residents drive to the Yukon at least once every week or two to stock up on groceries and other supplies.
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So long my friends,