Y – Three Places Starting with the Letter Y
Traveling Tuesdays is visiting places starting with the letter ‘Y’.
I did some digging and when I put “Cities & towns starting with Y in Canada”, I found four. Two I have been to and two I have not.
While deciding which one to write about, I also searched for a community in British Columbia I knew I had passed by on my travels that didn’t come up on the original list of four. Why was that? Because it is not a city or a town. It is a Hamlet. I then decided to search for places starting with Y in Alberta and I found one which is classified as a village. So today we are going to discover a hamlet in BC, a village in AB and small city in SK. Can you guess what they are?
Originally Yahk was a prosperous CP (Canadian Pacific) Railroad lumber town operating 18 lumber camps and a tie mill in the early 1900’s. What did you think when you read the word tie? Ties? Ones you wear around your neck? Really!? No, a tie mill cut the lumber into railway ties.
Yahk today is a small, but very friendly and active community. There is an elementary school, a post office, two general stores, motels, a hotel and pub, restaurants, private and provincial campgrounds and a local newspaper. In fact the CBC Television talk show, The Hour, taped a live episode in Yahk on February 9, 2006.
The stretch of Hwy 3 between Creston and Yahk is on Mountain Standard Time all year-round. During the summer, when most parts of the province move clocks one hour ahead to daylight-saving time, Creston and Yahk do not change their clocks. The Time in Yahk is already the same as Pacific daylight-saving time.
Yahk has a population of 400 people and is located on Highway 3/95 just 15 km (9 miles) from the Canadian/U.S. Border crossing called Kingsgate Crossing.
When in Yahk, you just have to stop and get a I’ve Been to Yahk and Back T-shirt.
Youngstown is a village in southern Alberta, Canada.
The village refers to itself as a Sportsman’s Paradise due to the fact that there is plenty of wild game and trout fishing in the area. In the 2011 Census, the Village of Youngstown had a population of 178 living in 82 of its 101 total swellings.
Yorkton incorporated as a city in 1928. The city is a regional service center for the surrounding prairie parkland which is known for its grain crops. Here is a picture of the Yorkton Mural.
Yorkton is a great place to stop and discover the spirit of Saskatchewan. The exhibits at the Yorkton Western Development Museum will give you an idea of the people, the places and the events that helped build the province.
I have driven along the highway and passed through two of the places we visited today. Yahk in BC and Yorkton in SK are both unique places to stop and explore. I haven’t been to Youngstown, AB. I will have to add it to my bucket list so I can say I have been to all the places mentioned in my Traveling Tuesdays stories.
Be sure and return next week when we will be visiting a place starting with the Letter ‘Zed’. Remember I am Canadian we say Zed not Zee.