Ah the joys of summer.
This is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. A good time to take a walk or hike, especially along some of the trails in or around Yellowknife. You can even pack a snack or a picnic and make a day of it.
People often like to climb to the top of the nearest tallest hill in order to get a sweeping panoramic view of the area. I’ll let you in on a little-known and closely guarded secret: the highest hill with the best local view is the mountain just outside of town known as the Solid Waste Facility Colossal Midden Pile.
Oddly enough, many locals and government officials simply pretend it doesn’t exist. Still, it should be written in all tourist literature as one of the “must see and visit” places in the city. Best of all, it’s an easy hike from anywhere in Yellowknife and offers spectacular views of the city and region. It’s already good but since the garbage keeps coming, I think the city should go higher and not expand further.
The waste is already compacted into bales and all they have to do is start stacking those bales. Since I like them, I think they should replicate a pyramid: a Mayan pyramid, with steps on the sides and a flat viewing platform at the top. It would be spectacular and a great landmark for the city. Imagine a giant pyramid of trash dominating the city skyline, visible from the airport and the roads.
Hikers, tourists, visiting dignitaries and politicians would all clamor for selfies of themselves standing at its base and from its dizzying heights. He would become a must-see attraction and become world famous on the internet and in the media. Yellowknife would be a leader in the green movement because we actually did something practical and scenic with our trash. Being pyramid-shaped would certainly draw from human history, archaeology, spirituality, and art. It would also be very new age.
It would be a scenic lookout, UFO landing pad, and a place where City Council and the GNWT would hold their special meetings, events, and proclamations. It would be our own oracle of wisdom, pomp and ceremony.
I think it’s a great idea and has a lot of benefits, plus it wouldn’t cost the city a lot. In fact, they might start charging people a fee to enter the dump and climb to its top. At $5, $10, or $20 per capita, the city could actually earn money, which would be a new experience for the city, and they could commit to using the revenue to reduce taxes and landfill fees. . So that would be a win, win, win situation.
Also, since people visit the dump, the city should provide a walking trail around the dump for birdwatchers. Come see the flocks of gulls, crows, sandhill cranes and various birds of prey. This could show how valuable the recovery could be for residents and businesses. The landfill could employ waste pickers and help all townspeople reduce their cost of living. The city could even sell visitors some souvenirs of the place.
Geologically, the landfill is a Garbolite or Grunge Garbage deposit. It’s something most people don’t see up close and personal. Also, from the top of any high hill in the region, when you look at the horizon, it is remarkably flat because the region has probably been subject to continental glaciation five times in the last two million years.
This erosion essentially flattened what was once a mountainous region. They should have a sign telling people that. So you see, our beloved junkyard has a lot to teach and show us. Why not take a hike there this summer and enjoy the view?