We played the "Canadian Geography Quiz" game a little more. I gave them the names of capital cities and let them try to guess which province or territory they belonged to. They believed that Yellowknife was the capital of the NWT, but refused to believe that the Yukon could possibly have a capital with a name like "Whitehorse".
They kept saying it over and over. "Yellow Knife. White Horse. There's no way. No way. You're making that up." They thought I was trying to trick them but, of course, I wasn't. Why would I try to trick them when the truth is so much funnier?
It is confusing for people (including Canadians) who don't live in the NWT or Yukon, though. Yellowknife and Whitehorse are often attributed to the wrong territory (as was the case with tonight's google searcher who ended up on my blog after doing a search for "Whitehorse, NWT").
So, for the benefit of anyone who can't keep them straight, I'd like to share a handy-dandy technique for remembering which capital goes with which territory. All you have to remember is this simple phrase:
"Yukon (you can) ride a white horse."
I can't think of a clever one for Yellowknife, NWT, but if you can remember that "Yukon ride a white horse", the other sorts itself out. Good luck keeping our territorial capitals straight, and may you never spell Iqaluit as "I-Q-U-A-L-U-I-T".